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Maestro Returns to Symphony Hall After Surgery

Maestro James Levine returns to the podium Wednesday night to open the season at Boston's Symphony Hall after recovering from kidney surgery.

SHEA: At Wednesday's rehearsal, James Levine talked about his six weeks "on the down-low" as he recovered from surgery for kidney cancer.

LEVINE: It happened fairly suddenly and I suppose I first wondered what would happen and then in the end just felt very, very lucky.

SHEA: Levine says he's seeing music, and everything, in a different light.

Tonight the audience is seeing Symphony Hall in new way. Windows, shuttered during World War II, will be open for the first time since 1943.

This program aired on September 25, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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