Los Angeles Philharmonic CEO Simon Woods last night appointed Zubin Mehta as Conductor Emeritus of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Mehta was conducting the LA Phil in Brahms’ Violin Concerto and 3rd symphony. In a break in the concert, Woods also read a statement from music director Gustavo Dudamel:
‘From the earliest stages of my career, I have been proud to call Zubin Mehta a trusted mentor and friend. To follow in his footsteps as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is a true honour. His soul permeates the sound of the orchestra, and his connection to the musicians is profound.
‘Zubin is one of the greatest musicians of our time. He has conducted the world’s most esteemed orchestras and introduced generations to classical music with more than 50 years of recordings and breathtaking performances. Through his humanitarian work, he has given us a model of music’s ability to bridge cultures and bring people together in healing and in harmony.
‘While Zubin is a citizen of the world, we are fortunate that he calls Los Angeles his home. This city and this orchestra would not be the same without him – and he is an inspiration to me. Thank you, Zubin, for the beauty and joy you have given us all.’
Can anyone see the point of this?
Or of any emeritus title?