Listen to FEMALE CONDUCTORS -- a whole LOT of them!!

Back on Aug. 9, 2015, Jeremy Eichler (the Boston Globe’s classical music critic) annoyed me by repeatedly using male pronouns in an article about the art of conducting.  True, the article’s focus was the Boston SO’s new(ish) music director Andris Nelsons, but I bristled and rolled my eyes reading sentences like “…players can size up a new conductor in less than five minutes of watching him work” and “How important can he be if he’s the only one onstage making no sound at all?”   Eichler dismissed criticism of his practice with this aside:  “He – and yes, it’s still most…