Nicholas McGegan, Music Director for the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO), has announced that he will retire from his leadership post at America’s preeminent period performance ensemble after the 2019-20 Season; at that time, he will have guided the organization for 35 years. He will be designated Music Director Laureate in recognition of his many contributions to the Orchestra at the beginning of the 2020-21 season. At the time of this announcement, the organization’s Board of Directors, led by President Kay Sprinkel Grace, and institutional leadership will convene to begin the search for a new Music Director to build upon McGegan’s legacy of programming and presenting period music at the highest level of artistic integrity.

“Nicholas McGegan has led Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra for 35 years. We have benefitted from the strength of his programmatic vision, energy, and aptitude for making historic performances accessible to broader audiences,” said the ensemble’s Board of Directors president Kay Sprinkel Grace. “He has embraced and advanced our mission throughout his decades of leadership of Philharmonia, and his passion for everything from early music to new works continues to propel Philharmonia to new heights. We look forward to having him remain an integral part of our future.”

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21. October 2017 · Comments Off on All the best to you, Richard Woodhams! · Categories: Oboe, Retiring

Richard Woodhams, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s celebrated principal oboist for four decades, has decided to retire. Woodhams plans to play through the orchestra’s 2017-18 season, including summer concerts, and then step down, an orchestra spokeswoman said.

“I think I am still playing well and am in good health, and I think that’s the right time to do this sort of thing for me. It was pretty simple,” said Woodhams. “That’s basically my rationale. I’m 68 years old, and all good things must come to an end. When you play a piece of music, you want a nice beginning and a convincing ending. I just thought it was a good time to move on.”

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He joined Philadelphia in 1977. That’s one mighty fine and lengthy career! Congratulations, Mr. Woodhams!

27. December 2016 · Comments Off on Zubin Mehta Retiring … in 2019 · Categories: Conductors, Retiring

Conductor Zubin Mehta to retire after 50 years with IPO

80-year old orchestral music director to hang up his baton at the Israel Philharmonic in 2019
BY DAVID SEDLEY December 26, 2016, 9:12 pm

Zubin Mehta, who has conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 47 years,
announced Monday that he plans to retire in October 2019.

The Indian-born musical director, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year, made the
announcement at a special gathering of the orchestra’s musicians. At the same time, he sketched out
his time with the IPO, from his first day on the job in 1969 until the present.

Mehta joined the Philharmonic as its music adviser, later becoming its music director in 1977. In 1981
the orchestra appointed him Music Director for Life.

Mehta was born in Bombay in 1936, which is also the year that the IPO was founded as the Palestine
Orchestra. His father, Mehli Mehta, was the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra.

Fifty years! That’s a pretty good run, I think.

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26. May 2016 · Comments Off on Allan Vogel Retires · Categories: Retiring

I just landed here and read this news:

Oboist Allan Vogel, a member of the USC Thornton Winds & Percussion faculty, has retired as principal oboe with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) after 44 years with the ensemble. Called “an aristocrat of his instrument, an oboe virtuoso with few equals,” by the Los Angeles Times, Vogel joined LACO in 1972 and was appointed principal oboe in 1974.

An instrumental figure in LACO’s Baroque Conversations concert series, which he said had “brought me some of the most meaningful moments of my career,” Vogel was featured as a soloist at the March 24th concert, which included Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, a work he had performed with the orchestra 19 times previously.

Wow … 44 years! That’s a good long time to play in a group, don’t you think? (Of course I guess I’m nearing that as well … go figure. I began with San Jose Symphony which has since morphed into Symphony Silicon Valley in 1975.)

14. April 2016 · Comments Off on The Writing Has Been On The Wall … · Categories: Retiring

for quite some time. Still, it’s a huge announcement.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that James Levine, the company’s music director since 1976, will retire at the end of the company’s current season owing to health reasons.
Capping an historic tenure of more than four decades that saw Levine conduct more than 2,500 performances of no fewer than eighty-five different operas—far exceeding any conductor in Metropolitan Opera history—the maestro will assume the new position of Music Director Emeritus next season, the Met announced. Levine will continue as the artistic leader of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and will still conduct some Met performances, but today’s announcement acknowledged the degree to which the progression of Levine’s Parkinson’s disease had made “it increasingly difficult for him to conduct a full schedule of Met performances.” Levine has struggled in recent years with the symptoms of the disease as well as other health issues, including kidney cancer and a spinal injury that left him partially paralyzed and resulted in his withdrawal from performances during the company’s 2011-12 season as well as the cancellation of appearances during the 2012-13 season. This season, Levine withdrew from the company’s new production of Lulu, opting to shepherd his resources in preparation for the company’s revival of Tannhäuser.

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08. December 2015 · Comments Off on Nikolaus Harnoncourt Announces Retirement · Categories: Retiring

The great Austrian conductor and early-music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt announced his retirement this weekend, as he celebrated his 86th birthday.

Mr. Harnoncourt — who founded the Concentus Musicus Wien in 1953, teamed up with Gustav Leonhardt to record nearly 200 of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas for Teldec, and became a much-sought-after conductor of later music as well — announced his retirement in a handwritten note, copies of which were placed in the programs at a Concentus Musicus concert in Vienna.

“Dear audience,” Mr. Harnoncourt wrote in the letter, which was in German. “My bodily strength requires me to cancel my future plans.”

He wrote of the “unbelievably deep relationship has developed between us on the stage and you in the hall,” added that “we have become a happy community of pioneers,” and urged audiences to remain faithful to that spirit.

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03. November 2014 · Comments Off on Lucarelli Retires from Hartt · Categories: Retiring

Humbert “Bert” Lucarelli, renowned oboist and professor of oboe at The Hartt School, will retire at the end of the 2014–2015 academic year after 47 years of teaching. Lucarelli joined The Hartt School’s instrumental music faculty in 1968.

Lucarelli remains a highly acclaimed oboe teacher who, in addition to his teaching at The Hartt School, has taught master classes for students all over the world. “Teaching is pivotal to my life in music,” he said recently. Lucarelli’s former students have gone on to hold prominent positions in orchestras all around the world. Throughout his lengthy tenure at Hartt, he also taught at a number of other colleges and universities, summer festivals, and oboe camps.

Lucarelli is not only a highly regarded oboe teacher but also a renowned performer, cited by The New York Times as “America’s leading oboe recitalist.” He has appeared extensively as a soloist with internationally known orchestras and chamber music groups throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Lucarelli also has performed and recorded with some of the world’s leading conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Fiedler, Kirill Kondrashin, Josef Krips, James Levine, Dimitri Mitropoulos, Artur Rodzinski, Sir Georg Solti, Leopold Stokowski, and Igor Stravinsky. Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer John Corigliano wrote an Oboe Concerto for him.

Lucarelli appears on recordings for Koch International, Vox, BMG Classics, Well-Tempered, Stradivari, and Special Music.

He is the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship, Consortium Commissioning and Music Recording Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and recently has been named an Honorary Member of The International Double Reed Society.

Lucarelli earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.

“Bert Lucarelli will forever be remembered as one of our very best artist/teachers,” said Hartt School Acting Dean T. Clark Saunders. “He inspired a great number of Hartt students to go on to highly successful performing and teaching careers.”

A search for Lucarelli’s replacement will begin immediately.

Found here.

There are currently three oboe players in the San Antonio Symphony. Mark Ackerman is one of them. He is also one of only about 100 people in the U.S. who can call himself a professional oboist.

… really? Only 100 in the United States? Can anyone verify this? I have a sneakin’ suspicion this isn’t quite right.

That being said (written, really) you can read about the retirement of Mark Ackerman, in the rather odd article.

23. April 2014 · Comments Off on Art Barnes Retiring · Categories: News, Retiring

Wow … he’s had one long career!

A living legend in the Bay Area classical music community has announced he is retiring. Art Barnes has conducted the Livermore-Amador Symphony for 50 years.

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I met “Dr. Barnes” (as I knew him then) when I was sixteen and went to a music camp with Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra. I played the Mozart Oboe Quartet and he was incredibly complimentary. I will never forget his encouragement there!

The final performance of the season closer will be followed by a program that will pay tribute to Gabay and showcase some of her work. Gabay danced for 34 seasons with the company. “A Tribute to Ballet San Jose’s Karen Gabay” takes place April 21, 7 p.m. at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

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I’ve always enjoyed Karen Gabay, and I am convinced that woman barely ages. I knew she’d retire eventually, but I’m sorry it’s now, and I’m sorry I’m not playing the set so I miss saying goodbye.

Wishing you all the best, Karen! You have always touched my heart!

This video is from 3 years ago or so: