Arts Cuts, Comings and Goings

It's a newsy February.

Charles Dutoit is stepping down from artistic leadership of the Philadelphia Orchestra's summer series in Saratoga Springs, as David Patrick Stearns reports.

The Kimmel Center continues to shrink, with cuts to programming, administration and the budget. Some longtime staffers were among the 15 dismissed yesterday.

The San Antonio Symphony has appointed Sebastian Lang-Lessing as music director effective October 2010. The German conductor is currently artistic director of the Tasmanian Symphony.

Mei-Ann Chen is the fourth music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra starting in 2010-11. Born in Taiwan, she is now assistant conductor and League of American Orchestras Conducting Fellow with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has degrees from the University of Michigan and New England Conservatory.

Here's a great 1972 clip of Charles Dutoit and Martha Argerich. There was Chopin to play, big scores to study, many cigarettes to smoke. It was a different time.