Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Chapter Closes in Pittsburgh as Music Giants Resign

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Chapter Closes in Pittsburgh as Music Giants Resign

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THE first stroke came like a clash of cymbals in the middle of a quiet violin sonata: Lorin Maazel was leaving. Barely a pulse later, the second blow fell: Tito Capobianco was taking off, too.

Just like that, Pittsburgh is losing two of its musical giants.

Within one day late last month, Maestro Maazel, musical director and conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Mr. Capobianco, general director of the Pittsburgh Opera, announced their resignations.

One musician called Maazel's departure "tragic," and arts critics spoke of culture shock. But for Maazel and Capobianco, the resignations - which are years away - present a chance to recharge creative batteries.

Maazel will not renew his contract when it expires after the 1995-96 season. He hopes to spend his free time composing. He wants to work on a number of pieces, including a flute concerto for James Galway and an orchestra setting of narrative poetry.

A hazier future awaits Capobianco, who will leave the Pittsburgh Opera after the 1996-97 season. …

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