Levine withdraws from Tanglewood concerts

Posted on: May 9, 2011

In The Boston Globe on Friday (5/6/), Geoff Edgers reports, “As recently as this week, Boston Symphony Orchestra officials said they still hoped James Levine might finish his tenure by conducting at Tanglewood this summer. But on Friday, in a brief press release, the BSO confirmed what many suspected: Levine has led his last concert as the orchestra’s music director.  The statement announcing he wouldn’t appear at Tanglewood came a few minutes after a similar one from the Metropolitan Opera, where Levine has elected to remain as music director. Levine will miss the Met’s upcoming tour of Japan and its May 15 Carnegie Hall concert. ‘Following his doctors’ advice, James Levine is taking the summer off to rest and recuperate from his ongoing back condition,’ the Met release wrote.” Replacement conductors for the concerts Levine was to have led at Tanglewood will be announced in June by the BSO, “which has launched a search for his successor, though no timetable … has been announced, and the newly established search committee has yet to meet.”

Posted May 9, 2011

Photo of James Levine by Michael Lutch