Monday Link Round Up: April 18, 2016

Some news to start your week!   The big news this weekend was that James Levine is stepping down from the Met.  Anne Midgette talks about why a new conductor is long overdue – and WQXR speculates on who will fill the role.  (Spoiler: no one is being on a woman taking the baton.)   Composer Kate Soper won the Virgil Thomson award in vocal music, and the praise of Augusta Read Thomas.  Read more at The New York Times blog.   Negin Khpalwak, the first Afghan woman to conduct an orchestra, is receiving more well-deserved attention!  Follow this link to watch a video of…