Letters to the Arts Editor

Hilary Scott

Cheers for the BSO’s new music director

Excellent choice!!! I was rooting for Andris Nelsons from the beginning but thought it unlikely, since he conducts regularly at the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic and also at the Vienna State and Metropolitan Opera (“Baton passes at the BSO,” Front Page, May 17, Geoff Edgers). This will bring a much needed change for the BSO and will allow it to become truly a world-class orchestra and not just one by its own self-proclamation. The BSO has its work cut out. Hopefully this will also lead to recordings, as this is simply a must with any serious orchestra. In any case, I look forward to attending concerts again after the orchestra had gone steadily into decline under Levine.


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Awaiting the maestro

As a longtime season ticket holder who has seen all of the potential candidates conduct, I am very pleased that Andris Nelsons was offered and has accepted the BSO position. He was my first choice for many reasons, chief among them being the way he related to this orchestra. Bravo!


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Nelsons is under contract with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra through 2014-15. Does this mean that the BSO will have to wait another two full seasons before it can [have] the use of his services for more than an occasional concert? Also, do all his other operatic commitments mean that the BSO is just getting another part-time conductor? It would have been nice if the BSO had hired someone who would clearly make the BSO his/her number-one commitment.


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All music directors continue to have other commitments. No conductor conducts solely for his home orchestra. With Levine, you truly had a part-time music director whose heart was always at the Met. Choosing him, however great he was musically (and he was really, really terrific in that score), does not negate the fact that he was not part of Boston and had no time or interest in making ties with youth and younger audiences.

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I’m very excited about this choice, for its boldness. Andris is young, enthusiastic, and a very energetic presence on the podium. The concert I saw him conduct in January, which debuted a young Latvian violinist, was amazing.

I also hope he focuses on mentoring younger musicians, getting more people under 60 to attend concerts, and events devoted to musical history and education. So many people have little interest in classical music these days, and simply don’t know what they’re missing. To think that Boston is home to 3-4 major music schools and yet, the concertgoers are all on their last legs. It’s a shame, really. The BSO is one of the city’s crown jewels.


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I think part of it has to do with marketing. My wife and I are 30 and 25, love classical music, and often take advantage of their $20 tickets for [people] under the age of 40, yet most people my age who could have some interest in attending a concert or two have no idea this program even exists. I’m excited that a younger conductor was chosen, and together he and the orchestra can grow together. Really looking forward to what programs he may have in mind for the 2014-15 season.


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Great TV, in such
large portions

Re: “ ‘Arrested Development’ on Netflix: bullied into bingeing” (SundayArts, May 19, Matthew Gilbert): TV fans (despite the option to view on your own schedule) still savor both the wait and the post-viewing chatter with others. I hate the episode dump idea when it comes to eagerly awaited viewing like “Arrested Development” . . . or G-D forbid . . . “Downton Abbey.”


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For viewers without cable, who have been renting these Showtime and HBO series on Netflix since “The Sopranos,” watching two or three episodes at once, or “bingeing,” has become the norm. It’s tough to pace yourself on “Nurse Jackie” ’s half-hours. We end up watching the last few episodes of one season over again before starting the next season, sometimes up to a year later.


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The search has ended

Re: “In praise of bigness” (SundayArts, May 19, Ty Burr): All right, I’ve been hunting around since Ebert passed. You’re my kind of critic.


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Once more, this time with humor

Re: “Warp speed” (g, May 15, Ty Burr): What Abrams has brought back to “Star Trek” is the FUN of the original series. “Next Gen” and “Voyager” took themselves so seriously that they too often felt like a drama club meeting at best, and sociology class at worst. Yes, we liked the “message” of the original series, but we also like the humor and excitement. Abrams gets that.


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