Scheduled for his Hollywood Bowl debut this week--in pre-subscription-season events Wednesday and Thursday nights--the young British conductor, Jan Latham-Koenig, will actually remain here a week longer.
This due to the sudden indisposition of Lawrence Foster, reportedly suffering from bursitis, who has canceled all four of his Bowl appearances next week. Latham-Koenig will deputize for Foster at the Tuesday and Thursday concerts, and another, to-be-announced conductor will take over the two Gershwin evenings.
For the first of this now-expanded series of performances in Cahuenga Pass on Wednesday night, Latham-Koenig, 32, who made his Los Angeles Philharmonic debut last November at pre-Thanksgiving indoor pops concerts, displayed well-honed skills in an exposing program of music by Tchaikovsky.
In the Overture-Fantasy, "Romeo and Juliet," a passel of excerpts from "Swan Lake," and the Violin Concerto, wherein his soloist was the 18-year-old American, Joshua Bell, Latham-Koenig took all reins, molded cohesive and sensible readings, and let the high points speak for themselves.