Taking the Fall off…

Dear PUO and Friends of PUO,

I want to post this brief note to tell you of a medical issue for me that will change things for the Fall season. I will be having surgery on my right shoulder to repair tears in two rotator cuff tendons. My right arm will be in a sling for six weeks, followed by another six to seven weeks of intensive physical therapy to regain mobility. Obviously, that will make conducting impossible, and I will be unable to conduct our October and December programs. Two bike crashes and forty-five years of wear and tear have finally caught up with me.

Happily, those concerts will be more than ably taken by my Princeton colleague and friend, Ruth Ochs, Conductor of the Princeton University Sinfonia for a number of years now. A superb musician and outstanding educator, Ruth will bring PUO to its usual brilliance.

One program change is that instead of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Ruth will bring to life for us Debussy’s seascape masterpiece La Mer.

I should be back for everything after January 1. But in the Fall I will be a proud and happy audience member!

Thanks, and best wishes,
Michael Pratt