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Former BSO Conductor Levine Is Focus Of New Documentary

Former Boston Symphony music director James Levine (AP)

BOSTON — Former Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor James Levine’s last opening night performance as music director of the BSO was in October of last year. After seven seasons in Boston, Levine has stepped down from the podium here, citing health problems.

The 67-year-old is also curtailing his touring with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, though he remains its principal conductor. Levine has been with the Met since 1973, and his time there is the focus of a new documentary, “American Masters: James Levine: America’s Maestro.”

The documentary debuts on PBS Wednesday night. Producer Susan Froemke joined WBUR recently for a sneak preview.

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