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Conductor Mariss Jansons Collapses During Concert

April 25, 1996

OSLO, Norway (AP) _ Mariss Jansons suffered a heart attack while conducting the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra but was in satisfactory condition on Thursday.

The 53-year-old Latvian, who is to take over as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra next year, collapsed on stage late Wednesday and was rushed to a hospital.

``He suffered a serious heart attack,″ said Inger Schedell, an orchestra spokeswoman. ``He is under observation at the hospital. He has to go through some tests.″

The hospital issued a statement through the Norwegian news agency NTB saying Jansons was in satisfactory condition Thursday. It refused to provide any further information.

Jansons was conducting a concert performance of Puccini’s ``La Boheme″ at the Oslo Concert House when he collapsed during the fourth act. The performance was canceled.

Jansons stunned British music lovers in 1994 by refusing to renew his contract as guest conductor for the London Symphony Orchestra because he was unhappy with the financial support given the institution. British newspapers said he was the first conductor to reject the London Symphony for economic reasons.

Jansons, the son of an opera singer and a conductor, grew up in the Latvian capital Riga. He was leading conductor of the St. Petersburg Orchestra, and joined the Oslo Philharmonic as music director in 1979.