Conductor too ill to take podium for farewell concert

Conductor too ill to take podium for farewell concert

May 12, 2011 4:35 PM
T.D. MOBLEY-MARTINEZ
The Farewell Concert:
When: 8 p.m. May 21, 2:30 p.m. May 22
Where: Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
Tickets: $18 to $57; 576-2626, ticketswest.com
Something else: A tickets for the Friday night gala for exiting music director Lawrence Leighton Smith are still available; $150 a plate; 525-9632, csphilharmonic.org

It’s the news fans of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic had feared.

About a week before music director Lawrence Leighton Smith was to take the podium for his farewell, the philharmonic announced he won’t lead the orchestra in his final concert.

“On Monday, I got a call from Leslie Smith, Larry’s wife,” said Nathan Newbrough, executive director of the philharmonic. “Larry has taken a serious turn for the worse with this illness.”
Newbrough expects that Smith will attend the $150-a-plate gala in his honor on Friday.

“But I think anything can happen,” he said.

Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/conductor-118028-farewell-health.html#ixzz1MEQeCq00

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