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James Levine's resignation has the BSO beginning the search for a new conductor. Here, Levine conducts the orchestra in October 2010. (AP)
James Levine's resignation has the BSO beginning the search for a new conductor. Here, Levine conducts the orchestra in October 2010. (AP)

Beloved to many, Boston's BSO is an orchestra without a conductor. Maestro James Levine is out and the search for a new music director is on.

So when the BSO announced a star-studded slate of guest conductors for their upcoming season last week, classical music fans immediately started to wonder if someone like Italian maestro Riccardo Chailly might be in the market for a Back Bay condo sometime soon.

Jan Swafford is a Boston-based composer and musicologist who writes about music for Slate. He recently wrote about the surprisingly sticky business of engaging a new conductor at a major orchestra like the BSO.

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This segment aired on May 10, 2011.

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