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What It Means to Lead an Orchestra.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz comments on the news that Seiji Ozawa will leave in three years as Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His tenure which began in 1973 is the longest of any music director currently active with an American orchestra. As for his next job, he says he will take over the Vienna State Opera. Ozawa was born in Shenyang, China.


The Picasso of Opera.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz profiles opera singer Maria Callas. It's the 20th anniversary of her death. There's a been re-issue of her work. Live performances, home videos and a CD-ROM of her Tosca performance are now available. We will hear selections from "Bizet: Carmen," "Bellini: Norma" and "Verdi: Arias II." (EMI Classics)


George Copeland: A Lost Treasure.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reminds us of a pianist that most of us have probably never heard of: George Copeland, who died at the age of 71 in 1971. Lloyd says none of Copeland's recordings are currently in print.


Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Premiere of Tod Machover's New Work.

Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reports on cellist Yo-Yo Ma's performance at Tanglewood last week. He played the world premiere of electronic music composer Tod Machover's "Begin Again Again," which was written for the cellist.


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