James Levine / Sugar
On this day in classical music: American conductor James Levine was born in Cincinnati, Ohio is 1943. He attended the Juilliard School and completed his studies there in 1964. Levine served as an apprentice to George Szell and served as his assistant with the Cleveland Orchestra until 1970. Levine made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1971 and was named principal conductor in 1973. Three yeas later, Levine became music director. During his 40-year tenure with the Met, Levine conducted more than 2,400 performances. In 2004, Levine became music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra but health issues continued to plague him. He resigned as music director Sept. 1, 2011. Listen to James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra perform an excerpt from Bizet’s “Carmen.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQI5LtRtrb0&feature=fvst
On this day in the musical theatre: “Sugar,” a musical based on the screenplay “Some Like It Hot,” closed on Broadway after a 14-month run. Jule Styne and Bob Merrill composed the score for this riotous musical about two musicians who decide to disguise themselves as women after witnessing the St. Valentine’s Day massacre.
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