After falling off the podium and finishing in a Paris hospital, the 84-year-old conductor Kurt Masur has been forced to cancel his engagements for the next couple of months after having found that he’s fractured hi s shoulder. His management said,
Maestro Masur was very touched by all wishes for speedy recovery and support from orchestras, friends and fans, and thanks everybody for the love and attention that he received after his fall from the podium in Paris on April 26, 2012. While he is grateful to have escaped more serious injury, a further scan of the Maestro’s left shoulder has now indicated that his shoulder blade is indeed fractured. Therefore Maestro Masur has to withdraw from all his scheduled concerts through the end of June 2012 and hopes to resume his conducting activities at the beginning of next season in September 2012. Doctors at the Parisian hospital where Maestro Masur has been treated for the past three days are confident that he will make a full recovery.
He was due to be in the US for a six concert tour with the Orchestre National de France until tomorrow, an Italian tour in mid-May, and further concerts in Tel Aviv and Paris during June.
We wish him well.
Photo: Sasha Gusov
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