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…

Artistic Vision at the Boston Symphony Orchestra??

Jeremy Eichler (music critic at the Boston Globe) has recently worried that James Levine is not providing the BSO with strong leadership, while “Across the country orchestras are updating their approaches to programming with the goal of engaging listeners – current and potential – more broadly, deeply, and imaginatively.” I attempted to engage the artistic leadership of the BSO with constructive criticism, writing several times (since the fall of 2008) to Maestro Levine, Managing Director Mark Volpe, and most recently, at the suggestion of composer Augusta Read Thomas, to Anthony Fogg, Artistic Administrator. I never received any acknowledgment. My point…