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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 18, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 42 THi IETHBRIDOE HERAID Wodnoiday, November 18, 1970 trained in European tradition U.S. orchestra conductors old men By MANY CAMPBELL NEW YOHK (AP) Eu- gene Onnatidy, born in Buda- pest, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is 70. William Sleinbiirg, torn in Cologne, of the Boston and Pittsburgh sjinphonies, is 71. George Solti, bora in Buda- pest, of the Chicago, is 58. George Szell, born in Buda- pest, of the Cleveland, died this summer at the age of 73. The most famous orchestra c o n d u c t o r s in the United States are older men, born and trained in the European t r a d i t i c n. Unlike singers whose voices wear out or or- chestra musicians whose union contracts retire them, they go on and on conducting. Leopold StokowsW, bom in London, is 88. Karl Boehm, born in Austria, is 76. Otto Klemperer, born in Breslau, is 85. Sir Adrian Boult, born in England, is 81. Sir John Barbirolli, born in London, died tins summer at age 70. Because of the Second World War, there aren't as many of middle years. The two "most famous, indeed the two glamor figures of the con- ducting world, are Herbert von Karajan, 62, born in Salz- burg, and Leonard Bernstein, 52, torn in Massachusetts. When Bernstein resigned as music director of the New York Philharmonic and the search began for liis succes- sor, and when Szell died in Cleveland, music lovers were startled into wondering who's who among young conductors. Who is working, who is prom- ising, who is coming up, who some day will hold the top jobs in American orchestras? Some of them just might be Americans. Pierre Boulez, 45, born hi France, was chosen to suc- ceed Bernstein, starting in the fall of 1971. He's a busy man, also principal guest conductor in Cleveland and vilh the BBC Symphony, Boulez, a composer, has only been ac- tive as a conductor for sk years or so. He is a specialist in modem classical music. The Chicago Symphony also recently named a new music director. George Solti, 58, born In Budapest, who had been director of London's Hoyal Opera House, began as music director in Chicago in 1969, keeping the opera posi- tion also for the first two sea- sons of the Chicago contract. Some conductors are always holding two jobs, as they take a new post with a three-year contract while a current con- IS HERE vaxvt IM mtir, tii triirr i Jrf AVINUI. UTKIMMI, ALIIKTX Ph. 327-5763 tract has a year or two to run, ns Solti is doing with Chicago and the Royal Opera. REFUSES JOB Boston offered its top job to Colin Davis, 42, the most fa- mous young conductor in Eng- land, but he didn't want to move from his native country. Ho left lu's job as chief con- ductor of the BBC Symphony, which replaced him with Bou- lez, to become heed of the Royal Opera at Covent Gar- den, following Solti. Because ol a feeling of being too young, shaggy- haired Seiji Ozawa is thought to have taken himself out of consideration for the New York Philharmonic, where he was believed a leading con- tender to follow Bernstein. Last summer, Ozawa was turned away when he showed up for a rehearsal he was sup- posed to conduct in because the gateman thought he was a tcca-age hippie. Ozawa, who is 34 now, is from Japan and started con- ducting there. From leader- ship of the Toronto Symphony lie accepted (he San Francisco Symphony, with its relatively short season, giving an oppor- tunity to do a variety of guest conducting and "grow." Philadelphia guest conduc- tors this coming season will include Zubin Mehta, 34, born in Bombay, who has made one of the most spectacular rises to conducting fame. At 24, he was conductor of ttie Montreal Symphony, to which a year later he added the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He Is flamboyant, often controver- sial, always attention-getting. KRESGE'S Real estate slow in most regions TORONTO