Post-Levine Era Slowly Unfolding at Met Orchestra

Is Italian Conductor the Heir to Levine’s Podium?

Fabio Luisi has conducted most of the performances for ailing conductor James Levine.  While replacing Levine seems a daunting task, a recent performance featuring Renee Fleming indicates that the transition may be nearly seamless.

What do you think?  Does the Met need a “name-brand” conductor?

Read Luisi Crosses Border To American Territory (NY Times)

Watch the trailer for Renee Fleming’s newest recording, Dark Hope

Carnegie Hall to Establish National Youth Symphony

Columbus has one.  So do many other cities and countries.   While late to the party, Carnegie Hall has decided it’s time for a National Youth Symphony under the part-time guidance of Valery Gergiev.  After a Kennedy Center performance, the orchestra will hit the road.

Read Carnegie Hall to Establish National Youth Symphony (NY Times)

Historical Musical Treasures Languish in Storage Vault

Over 100 years ago, wealthy Detroit businessman Frederick Stearns gave his instrument collection to the University of Michigan.  It’s a collection spanning “centuries and continents.”  His one stipulation was “that it should be immediately housed and installed.”

In his written instructions, Stearns went on to say, “I would not consent to it being packed away for some future regent to mount to suit themselves or to neglect entirely.”  Well, it can be seen, if you can locate the freight elevator.  Oh, and you’ll need a crowbar to pry open the crates.

Read Historical Musical Treasure Languishes in Storage Vault (Globe and Mail)