Boston Symphony Orchestra Responds To James Levine Scandal

By Francisco Salazar

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has issued a statement regarding the James Levine scandal regarding sexual harassment.

The company stated, “The Boston Symphony Orchestra adhered to a due diligence process, including a personal and professional review of all aspects of James Levine’s candidacy prior to his appointment as music director in 2004, and decided to move ahead with his appointment. During Mr. Levine’s tenure with the BSO, 2004-2011, the Boston Symphony Orchestra management was never approached by anyone in connection with inappropriate behavior by James Levine.”

The press release added, “The Boston Symphony Orchestra is committed to a zero tolerance policy towards anyone who exhibits sexual harassment behavior in the workplace. All of us at the BSO remain vigilant in our commitment to fight against all types of inappropriate and offensive behavior, and to continue the essential work of creating a safe and supportive work environment. Behavior by any employee of the BSO that runs counter to these core values and beliefs would not be tolerated and would be met with the most serious consequences.”

On Saturday the New York Post released an article revealing that Legendary Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine molested an Illinois teenager from the time he was 15 years old for many years. The Metropolitan Opera announced that it was investigating the claim last night after the article was released.