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August 21, 2009 | Associated Press
Singer James Taylor plans to donate his $500,000 in earnings from a five-day music festival at Tanglewood next week to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Taylor's association with the orchestra dates back more than 15 years. His wife, Kim, is a former public relations director and current trustee for the orchestra. Taylor told the Boston Globe that he decided to donate his earnings because he and his wife are concerned about diminishing support for classical music. The newspaper reported that the couple also donated more than $700,000 between 2005 and 2008 to the orchestra, which makes its home at Tanglewood in western Massachusetts during the summer.
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October 23, 2013 | By David Ng
The World Series, which begins Wednesday at Fenway Park, will pit the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals in a battle for the Major League Baseball championship. The on-the-field rivalry has inspired a face-off off the field -- between the two cities' major orchestras. In a video released online Wednesday, brass musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony engage in a humorous musical showdown that includes an appearance by legendary conductor Seiji Ozawa, who holds the title of music director laureate for the Boston orchestra.
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December 4, 2011 | By David Mermelstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even the greatest ensembles have their rough patches, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra is no exception. Having endured the long goodbye of Seiji Ozawa, its 15th music director, who departed after 29 years in 2002, the 131-year-old ensemble faces another wrenching transition. The venerable orchestra is making its way forward following the resignation of Ozawa's successor, James Levine, who announced his departure in March after years of poor health and last-minute cancellations. Yet despite such trying times, the BSO's vaunted reputation for musical elegance and subtlety survives intact.
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May 20, 2013 | By David Ng
Following an absence of more than two years to recover from injuries and illnesses, James Levine made his big return to the podium Sunday to conduct the Metropolitan Opera orchestra at Carnegie Hall. But the 69-year-old Levine didn't entirely return to form, having to lead the concert from the confines of a wheelchair. Though questions remain about Levine's long-term ability to conduct, "this was a day to celebrate his return and bask in his musical glory," wrote New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini.
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May 1, 1991 | KIKU LANI IWATA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Iwata is a local free - lance writer in the arts.
Almost 50 years ago in the Nazi "model" concentration camp Terezin in Czechoslovakia, artists and composers were permitted to paint, draw, write and lecture. One of the works created there, Pavel Haas' "Study for String Orchestra," survived, even though its composer did not. Although Haas probably knew he and almost everyone else at the camp were doomed, he wrote a piece that is celebrated today for being full of life.
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November 20, 2001 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
Next week at Symphony Hall in Boston, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform a program that begins with Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 1, instead of John Adams' "Klinghoffer" Choruses. Therein lies a controversy. Last month, the Boston orchestra managers e-mailed the composer that, for all their admiration of his music, they felt it would not be sensitive to the mood of the times to program the choruses, which are excerpts from the 1991 opera "The Death of Klinghoffer."
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July 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The brother of conductor James Levine says the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera music director has had surgery in New York to remove a kidney. Tom Levine said in a statement released by the Boston Symphony Orchestra that his 65-year-old brother's surgery Tuesday "went exactly as planned and expected, and has been described by the doctors involved as completely successful." James Levine will remain in the hospital for several days. He is expected to perform next on Sept.
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June 10, 1985 | Associated Press
More than $9.3 million in federal matching grants is going to 157 symphony and chamber orchestras, including a top award of $290,000 to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Endowment for the Arts announced today. Also receiving $290,000 were the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, all for the 1985-86 performance season.
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December 6, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Boston Symphony Orchestra will tour the United States next spring and perform in Europe late in the summer, conductor Seiji Ozawa said Wednesday. The U.S. tour, scheduled for April 22-May 3, will be the orchestra's first transcontinental tour since 1981. The U.S. tour will include performances in Pittsburgh, Toronto, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Tempe, Ariz. The European tour, running from Aug. 24 to Sept.
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July 2, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Tanglewood, the western Massachusetts summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, celebrates its 50th birthday this weekend with a trio of concerts. Founded in 1937 by then-BSO music director Serge Koussevitzky, Tanglewood's 210 acres was given to the orchestra by Boston socialite Gorham Brooks.
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May 16, 2013 | By David Ng
Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons will succeed James Levine as music director of the Boston Symphony, the orchestra announced Thursday. The 34-year-old maestro currently heads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England. Nelsons will start the 2013-14 season with the Boston Symphony with the title "music director designate. " He will assume the full title of music director in the 2014-15 season, according to an orchestra spokeswoman. Levine stepped down as music director of the orchestra in 2011 after seven seasons.
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April 21, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, This post has been corrected. See the note below
There's a musical tradition when the eighth inning arrives at Fenway Park -- the playing of a recording of Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline. " Since 2002, Red Sox fans have grown accustomed to hearing Diamond's voice: Hands, touching hands Reaching out, touching me, touching you It's an appropriate sentiment for a city reeling from the Boston Marathon bombings. And on Saturday, the 72-year-old composer and singer decided to deliver the message in person. Diamond flew to Boston, calling officials at Fenway Park about 40 minutes before the first pitch to say he was in the city.
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May 24, 2012 | By David Ng
Marcelo Lehninger, the young Brazilian German maestro who serves as an assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been named music director of the New West Symphony, which is based in Thousand Oaks. The orchestra said Lehninger will assume the post at the start of the 2012-13 season in September. He will lead four concert series during his inaugural season. An orchestra spokeswoman said the contract is for three years, with the possibility of an extension. Lehninger, 32, serves as the associate conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra in Brazil.
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December 4, 2011 | By David Mermelstein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Even the greatest ensembles have their rough patches, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra is no exception. Having endured the long goodbye of Seiji Ozawa, its 15th music director, who departed after 29 years in 2002, the 131-year-old ensemble faces another wrenching transition. The venerable orchestra is making its way forward following the resignation of Ozawa's successor, James Levine, who announced his departure in March after years of poor health and last-minute cancellations. Yet despite such trying times, the BSO's vaunted reputation for musical elegance and subtlety survives intact.
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September 30, 2009 | David Ng
James Levine, the ailing music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is having back surgery this week and has announced that he is withdrawing from conducting engagements this fall. The Metropolitan Opera said that Levine will miss all of his scheduled conducting appearances with the company through the beginning of December. "Levine's doctors expect him to recover in time to conduct the new production of 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann,' which opens Dec. 3," said a Met spokeswoman by e-mail.
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March 4, 2009 | Mike Boehm
Scratch the Orchestras of Pasadena. No, the financially up-against-it Pasadena Symphony and Pasadena Pops have not gone belly up, but their new management has determined that the name the formerly independent organizations had adopted when they merged in 2007 was a flop. The new/old name is the Pasadena Symphony Assn. -- the longtime legal name of the Pasadena Symphony. The change "has been met by a sigh of relief by everybody," says Paul Jan Zdunek, the chief executive who recently arrived from the Modesto Symphony after engineering a fiscal turnaround there.
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October 29, 2001 | Reuters
The Boston Symphony Orchestra named New York Metropolitan Opera artistic director James Levine its new music director Sunday, making him the first American to hold the post in the orchestra's 120-year history. He will replace Seiji Ozawa, who has led the BSO for 28 years. Ozawa will be music director of the Vienna State Opera in the fall 2002.
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July 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The brother of conductor James Levine says the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera music director has had surgery in New York to remove a kidney. Tom Levine said in a statement released by the Boston Symphony Orchestra that his 65-year-old brother's surgery Tuesday "went exactly as planned and expected, and has been described by the doctors involved as completely successful." James Levine will remain in the hospital for several days. He is expected to perform next on Sept.
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