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His baton raised above this international amalgam of musicians, Andris Nelsons represents what the Boston Symphony Orchestra has become. He and his wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, travel incessantly, and still make Europe their home. Beginning next year, he will take over the famed Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, adding that conductorship to his BSO duties. It's a historic joint appointment, spearheading an effort to bring Gewandhaus and the BSO closer together. But Nelsons lives in a world where the most high profile conductors all keep multiple positions, in addition to guest conducting around the world. For the energetic Nelsons, having just two appointments seems like settling down. "For me it means concentration on Boston, and, from 2018 on, concentration on Leipzig as well," Nelsons says. We sat together at Tanglewood, where he was interrupted in the sun-splashed press porch in between practicing trumpet scales (before the baton, the trumpet was his instrument).

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