Dudamel ordered to rest
Gustavo Dudamel has canceled upcoming appearances in June because of intense lower back spasms, his spokeswoman said, and doctors have ordered him to stop working, seek treatment and rest.
The music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic had been scheduled to appear with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden and the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich in Switzerland.
For the latter appearances, he will be replaced on the podium by Lionel Bringuier, head conductor of the Swiss orchestra. In Sweden, conductor Lahav Shani is filling in, the symphony said.
According to his official website, the conductor, 34, is still scheduled to appear with the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in July. His next scheduled L.A. appearances are to begin July 21 at the Hollywood Bowl, where he will lead the L.A. Philharmonic.
In 2010, the conductor injured his neck while conducting at Walt Disney Concert Hall. He exited the performance early but returned to the podium the following day.