BOSTON (AP) – James Levine, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has withdrawn from a second straight performance because of illness.

The BSO said Levine would not conduct Friday’s performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 because he “is experiencing ill effects from a recent procedure addressing his ongoing back issues, further complicated by a viral infection.”

Levine was replaced by assistant conductor Sean Newhouse, who also filled in Thursday night.

Levine is also music director of New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

He had back surgery last year and missed the BSO’s 2010 summer season at Tanglewood. He is in his seventh season with the orchestra.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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