The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced who will conduct the March dates music director James Levine has had to withdraw from due to his continuing back problems. Starting Thursday, BSO assistant conductor Marcelo Lehninger leads the BSO premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s violin concerto with violinist Christian Tetzlaff. The program covers four concerts at Symphony Hall and a March 15 date at Carnegie Hall.
Roberto Abbado, the veteran Italian conductor, will lead March 10, 11 and 12 Symphony Hall concerts with Peter Serkin and a March 16 performance with Joshua Bell. Serkin and Bell are actually filling in for Maurizio Pollini, who has the flu, according to the BSO.
Abbato will also lead the BSO with Serkin on March 18 and 19 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Kennedy Center.
And Andris Nelsons, music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, will make his BSO debute on March 17 for Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at Carnegie Hall.