In photo, Nathalie Stutzmann made her Philadelphia Orchestra debut in December 2016. Stutzmann, now the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, was to have led the orchestra’s recently cancelled March 2024 concerts in California. Photo by Pete Checchia.

In Saturday’s (7/22) Philadelphia Inquirer (login may be required), Peter Dobrin writes, “The Philadelphia Orchestra has canceled another tour. Four California concerts in March of 2024 previously announced by presenters there will not happen, the orchestra said Thursday. The concerts, which were to have been led by principal guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann, were canceled because of ‘logistical challenges’ and ‘recent significant increases in cargo and travel costs,’ said orchestra spokesperson Ashley Berke…. Tickets to one Philadelphia Orchestra California concert had already been sold to about 300 households by subscription, said Thor Steingraber, executive and artistic director of the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts … where the orchestra was booked to perform [on] March 7, 2024…. The concerts were to have featured pianist Haochen Zhang as soloist. Stutzmann began a three-year contract as the orchestra’s principal guest conductor in the 2021-22 season. In the fall, the orchestra announced that a three-week tour of China planned for this past May had been scrapped [due to] COVID-19 protocols in the country …The California concerts were slated at the Soraya in Los Angeles; the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa; the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara; and the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert.”