After a long search that provoked fascination in the music world, the Boston Symphony Orchestra named a new music director: Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons. The appointment came more than two years after James Levine announced his abdication of the podium.
The Roman emperor Caracalla soothed his arthritis in the mineral waters at Baden-Baden in Germany. Dostoevsky lost big in the gaming rooms, squandering his young wife’s jewels in the process. Bill Clinton, on a visit soon after departing the presidency, proclaimed that “Baden-Baden is so nice you have to name it twice.”
The Salzburg Easter Festival said Christian Thielemann will replace Simon Rattle as musical director, bringing his Staatskapelle Dresden as the resident orchestra after the Berlin Philharmonic quit in May.
Salzburg’s regional government said it is surprised and disappointed at the Berlin Philharmonic ’s decision to quit the scandal-struck Salzburg Easter Festival , and the festival said it may take legal action against the orchestra.