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America’s highest paid conductors

James Levine, conductors

James Levine

Saw this today and was a little surprised.  I guess maybe I should have been a conductor . . . .

America’s highest paid conductors

$2.41 million – Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony

$2.06 million – James Levine, Metropolitan Opera

$1.21 million – James Levine (again!), Boston Symphony

$1.56 million – Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic

$1.47 million – Charles Dutoit, Philadelphia Orchestra

$993,696 – James Conlon, Los Angeles Opera

$985,363 – Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic

$958,597 – Franz Welser-Most, Cleveland Orchestra

Earnings from 2010-11 nonprofit tax returns compiled by The Los Angeles Times.

America’s highest paid conductors.

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US presidents’ musical careers

Check out this fun article on the most musical American presidents.  I’ll summarize them quickly, but you should really read the original.

10.  FDR – played organ

9.  Chester Arthur – played banjo

6,7,8:  JQA, John Tyler, Woodrow Wilson

JQA played flute

JT and WW: played violin

5.  Harry S. Truman:  dedicated piano player who continued to play throughout presidency.  performances can be viewed on YouTube.

4.  Bill Clinton – playing the sax got him elected

3.  Richard Nixon – accomplished pianist, violinist and accordionist who also did some composing

2.  Thomas Jefferson:  played violin, cello, and clavichord and was known to practice 3hrs/day

1.  Warren G. Harding – “played every instrument but the slide trombone and the E-flat cornet.”

America’s top ten musical Presidents.

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