Fascinating article in the Houston Chronicle on André’s first music directorship. He never revisited the orchestra.
By May, the society notified Previn that it was done with him. The main reasons included conflicts with his duties as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and the attendance drop. Previn figured it had to do with creative control and the selection of musicians and guest conductors.
“I had plans for this orchestra that were far from parochial,” Previn told Holmes days after his dismissal. “But the management has control of it now, and I suppose that was what it was all about.
“It wasn’t even human. Everyone knows musicians plan one to two years in advance.”
Read on here.