23. January 2012 · Comments Off on We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Conductor! · Categories: Read Online

(I’m joking, I’m joking … I do love working with conductors!) But …

The first half of last night’s Boston Symphony Orchestra subscription program was incredibly refreshing, and it’s not hard to see why. After the Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly withdrew from both of his scheduled subscription weeks, the most recent in a seemingly endless spate of cancellations, the orchestra summarily scrapped the entire first half of Chailly’s scheduled program and replaced it with four conductorless works. That must have felt good. It also projected a message.