Finally it's official that James Levine will lead one of the towering symphony orchestra of the world. I'm thrilled at the great news! Maestro Levine is an accomplished pianist. I'd like to share my joy with the board:

From New York Times:

October 29, 2001

It's Official: Levine to Lead
the Boston Symphony

By RALPH BLUMENTHAL

The board of the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, as expected, named James Levine
its next music director yesterday, starting in 2004.
The decision gives Mr. Levine a five-year contract
and his first full orchestral podium, on top of his
continuing role as artistic director of the
Metropolitan Opera.

Mr. Levine, 58, will succeed Seiji Ozawa, who is
leaving after next summer to take over the Vienna
State Opera. In the interim Mr. Levine will be
music director-designate in Boston, with a say in
hiring.

Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony, said the orchestra looked forward to Mr. Levine's
"distinctive style of leadership suffused with his innovative and fresh approach to music."

At the same time, the Metropolitan Opera, whose approval was required for any major new post for Mr.
Levine, announced that his contract had been extended two more years, through 2007, and that he would
maintain his 23- week-a-year commitment to conduct at least 50 opera performances, including opening
weeks. But at the end of the 2004 season his Met title will drop down a measure, to music director, the post
he held for 10 years, until 1986.

In Boston, Mr. Levine is to conduct 12 weeks of the orchestra's 23-week season, plus three weeks at the
Tanglewood Music Festival.

After voting yesterday, the Boston Symphony board called Mr. Levine at
Carnegie Hall, where he was rehearsing for the evening's Schoenberg
program with the Met chamber ensemble, and formally offered him the post.
He accepted.

Joseph Volpe, general manager of the Met (and no relation to Mark Volpe),
said, "I fully support his appointment and believe it's a wonderful opportunity
in addition to his Met career."