James Levine Resigns From Boston Symphony

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is back in music director search mode. James Levine, artistic chief since 2004, will resign as of Sept. 1, the orchestra announced today.

“...Given Maestro Levine’s health issues, this has been a challenging time for all of us in the Boston Symphony Orchestra family, especially our beloved orchestra and devoted audiences,” said orchestra managing director Mark Volpe. "We wish Maestro Levine the absolute best as he steps down from his role as BSO music director to tend to the health issues that have forced him to be away from the music-making he so profoundly loves."

The orchestra and Levine are discussing a future role/title for the conductor.