Friday, October 06, 2006

Levine promotes new sounds

A Thursday article in the Wall Street Journal by Barbara Jepson about Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor James Levine (it's a paid site so I can't link to it) says that Levine has tried hard to promote modern music, including music by composers such as Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen, although "the rollicking rhythms of the postminimalists have so far not attracted Mr. Levine." The article, citing Boston Globe statistics, says subscription sales were down 9 percent in the 2005-2006 concert season but that single ticket sales from generally younger listeners rose 7 percent.

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