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James Levine To Undergo Surgery

James Levine is having surgery this week to remove a kidney. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera music director will

James Levine To Undergo Surgery

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James Levine is having surgery this week to remove a kidney. The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera music director will withdraw from the balance of the 2008 Tanglewood season.

"Because of a cyst causing pressure and discomfort, Levine will undergo surgery this week to have a kidney removed," says a BSO press release. "The procedure has been described by Levine's doctors as curative, with no other treatment necessary and with every expectation for a complete recovery. The anticipated recuperation period is six weeks - leaving ample time to prepare and conduct the season openings of the BSO and the Metropolitan Opera in September."

Soon to be announced are the guest conductors taking Levine's Tanglewood dates.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

Peter Dobrin Inquirer Classical Music Critic
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