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…

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…