The Philadelphia Inquirer | By David Patrick Stearns
Kensho Watanabe can barely fathom the turn of events that found him on stage leading the Philadelphia Orchestra last weekend -- with three hours' notice.
"I know what happened," Watanabe said in an interview this week. "But my brain is still processing it."
Surreal is one word that comes to mind, he said. Watanabe was notified at 5 p.m. Saturday that music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin had come down with a virus and could not conduct the 8 p.m. program at the Kimmel Center.