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James Levine’s back

Can’t help commandeering part of a note from a friend, John Citron, received today.

“We had tickets for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for four concerts covering all nine Beethoven Symphonies. Unfortunately, James Levine, the conductor, and incidentally Ellen’s cousin, had back surgery and was unable to conduct — so we turned back our tickets and canceled our hotel reservations.”

What a magnificent near miss! A occasion I’d given much to have encountered.

But guess what? I happen to have all nine symphonies on the player in our Subaru, even as we speak — the iconic von Karajan version, no less! Goose bump time.

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