Music: Baton Passing

On the U.S. conducting circuit, a lot of batons are being passed. In addition to Dimitri Mitropoulos, who is leaving the New York Philharmonic to be replaced by Leonard Bernstein (TIME, Nov. 25), four top conductors are resigning.

¶ The Cincinnati Symphony's Thor Johnson, 44, quit after eleven years to join the music department at Northwestern University. A strong plugger for new music, Conductor Johnson led world premières of works by internationally known moderns—Paul Hindemith, Roy Harris, Henry Cowell—fought to get a hearing for a host of younger men. But some Cincinnati concertgoers...

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