Philharmonic director diagnosed with dementia

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The Colorado Springs Philharmonic has announced that music director Lawrence Leighton Smith has been diagnosed with a type of dementia.

Smith

Smith

He is under a doctor’s care for Binswanger’s Disease, a dementia caused by damage to the white matter in the brain.

In 2009, Leighton Smith announced plans to leave the philharmonic at the end of the 2010/2011 season.

Nathan Newbrough, CEO of the philharmonic, said that Smith is in good spirits.

All scheduled concerts will still be performed. Smith, however, has requested a guest conductor for the Feb. 19 Symphonie Fantastique concert.

At this point, he is still planning to conduct his remaining concerts on April 16-17 and May 21-22.