Late on a Friday night, just weeks after starting her new role as Assistant Conductor at Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Karina Canellakis got a call to say that the orchestra’s Music Director Jaap van Zwedenwas stepping down from the following day’s concert due to a shoulder injury. In 24 hours the young conductor would have to take his place and lead the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony without a single rehearsal.

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