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Young Latvian Conductor Andris Nelsons To Be the Next Music Director of The Boston Symphony

   After a long and  difficult search , the world-famous Boston symphony orchestra has chosen a new music director ,  34 year old Latvian  Andris Nelsons, who  is currently music director of the City Of Birmingham  symphony orchestra in  England .  Nelsons  will  fill the shoes of   the eminent  but ailing  American conductor James Levine ,who was forced to resign  because of severe back trouble  and various injuries caused by accidents . 

    Although not a household name , Nelsons  has  conducted many  of the world's  greatest orchestras  with  considerable success  for  several years as well  as  at the Metropolitan opera and other leading opera companies .   From all reports  , he  has earned the respect and admiration of  the demanding musicians  of the world's great orchestras ,  something which is  not easy to  win  , as they do not impress easily . Nelsons was rumored to be one of  the most likely candidates to  win this prestigious appointment . 

    He follows in the footsteps of  such legendary  Boston symphony music directors as  Serge Koussevitzky , Pierre Monteux, Charles Munch,  Erich Leinsdorf  ,and more recently ,Seiji Ozawa and James levine , and will  assume his post  beginning with the 2014-15 season .   Ndelsons has appeared with  such storied orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic , the Royal Concertgebouw orchestra of Amsterdam ,  the Vienna Philharmonic  , the New York Philharmonic  etc  and  has  had considerable success at the Wagner festival in Bayreuth Germany .

    Despite his youth , Nelsons  has a wide repertoire  and  is  committed to programming contemorary music , which is vital for the health  of orchestras everywhere  in order to ensure that  they do not stagnate .   Only time will tell how  Nelsons and the Boston symphony will fare  in the course of classical music in America , but  for the time being ,  things are looking up for  this storied orchestra .

Posted: May 16 2013, 10:51 PM by the horn | with no comments
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