Itzhak Perlman to Give Up Detroit Symphony Post

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The Detroit Symphony does not plan to renew famed violinist Itzhak Perlman's contract as principal guest conductor after it expires in spring 2005, the Detroit Free Press reports.

According to the paper, the DSO wants to retain flexibility in scheduling its conductors as it auditions candidates to succeed music director Neeme J‹rvi, who steps down at the end of the season. Perlman has conducted two to three weeks a year during his four-year tenure.

"We were concerned that if the conductor we were interested in was only available the particular week we were holding for Mr. Perlman, that we'd be stuck," DSO general manager Stephen Millen told the Free Press.

Perlman said that he hoped to continue to conduct frequently in Detroit. "It will always be a little like coming home," he said.

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