The Minnesota Orchestra has announced that its conductor laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski is in stable condition after suffering a stroke.
Skrowaczewski, 93, is a composer and conductor who was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1960 — when it was still named the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra — until 1979, when he became conductor laureate.
The Polish-American artist has maintained a close relationship with the orchestra, most recently returning to Orchestra Hall just last month to lead performances of Bruckner's Eighth Symphony, a work he conducted for his final concerts as music director. Among Skrowaczewski's legacies in Minnesota is the construction of the hall, which opened in 1974 and was recently renovated.
Skrowaczewski, who currently lives in Wayzata, was due to conduct four concerts with the Dallas Symphony this coming weekend. We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.