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Barenboim to step down as director of Chicago orchestra in 2006

Internationally renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim will step down as musical director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when his current contract expires in 2006, according to the Chicago Symphony Center.

His decision apparently was caused by the increasing administrative burdon the role entailed, and by the strain of travelling between Chicago and his family in Berlin, where Barenboim is music director of the Berlin Staatskapelle, the orchestra at the Berlin opera.

"It could take a few years before we decide who will be Daniel's successor," CSO board chairman William Strong said in an interview with the Sun-Times. "We're in no hurry. We want to find the right person."


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