Archive for March, 2011

University of Michigan to Stream Performance of Mahler 6

by: Colin Oettle

Conductor Kenneth Kiesler will lead the combined University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras in a live broadcast of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 at 8:00pm EST on Tuesday, March 29th.

The program will be broadcast at with both audio and video. Online producer and director Kelly Rinne said “Our goal is to bring the masterful musicality of such exciting performances to a global audience.” Through this effort, the University of Michigan joins other major organizations in opening the door to larger audiences via the Internet. View Full Article »

Levine to Resign from Boston Symphony

by: Colin Oettle

Editor’s note: While it is already old news, I still wanted to acknowledge Maestro Levine’s resignation from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

On March 2nd, James Levine announce that he will step down from his position as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The decision comes after chronic health issues prevented him from consistently leading the ensemble.

Levine will remain at the Metropolitan Opera, stating that his familiarity with the organization and the dynamic he has created there allow him to maintain his post despite health problems. Not only does he live in New York, but after 40 years with the Met, Levine has created a well oiled machine in which he is but the final cog. Comparatively, the burden of symphonic directorship in a new city requires more than he can commit to consistently provide.

Read the full article at the New York Times

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