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Pierre Boulez celebrates his 85th birthday with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall
The French conductor and composer was appointed by George Szell in 1969 as the Cleveland Orchestra's first principal guest conductor

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The bad boy of classical music is back in town. Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez is a favorite guest conductor of Cleveland Orchestra fans, especially among those who love contemporary music.

He has inflamed the classical world by rejecting what he calls "the music of the past." As music director of the New York Philharmonic, he flat-out refused to conduct Tchaikovsky. After 9-11, he wound up on a terror list for his call to "burn up all the opera houses."

But he was warmly received last weekend at Severance Hall and his all-Mahler program this weekend promises to be another highlight of the Cleveland Orchestra season.

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Listener Comments:

Dear WKSU,

I was wondering if you could give me any information about photo 3/4 of Boulez, above. I work for the Orchestra of St. Luke's in New York City and we are performing a program of Boulez next season and are searching for a large/high-res photo for our brochure, but I can't find info (i.e., photo credits) about any photos I've found online.

Thanks so much for any info you have.


Posted by: Meredith VanBenschoten (New York) on April 19, 2013 12:04PM
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