Monday, November 2, 2009

Only a big name can fill seats at the BSO...

In response to Megan's comment on my recent blog entry about the developments with the BSO and its conductor situation - I agree that bringing in the "big names" in conducting has been what helped to fill the seats at Symphony Hall. With another delay in Levine's return, they have had to try to keep people coming to concerts somehow. There is no doubt in my mind that bringing Lorin Maazel in was what finally sold out the Beethoven series.

What doesn't help fill seats, however, is when assistant conductors do not impress the already dismissive audience, as seen in this recent Boston Globe article critiquing Julian Kuerti's interpretation of Beethoven's 4th and 5th Symphonies.

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