by Vito Lucia, The Chicago Times

NEW YORK – Famed conductor James Levine known for his work with the Metropolitan Opera for four decades has passed away at 77.  Levin died of natural causes in Palm Springs California on March 9 and is survived by his wife Suzanne Thomson, sister Janet Levine along with her husband Kenneth Irwin.

Levine’s four-decade career with the Met began in 1971 and ended in 2016 for health reasons.  Levine would conduct some 2,500 performances and rose to become one of the top internationally known conductors.  For his talents, Levine would go on to win 10 of the 37 Grammy Awards he was nominated for throughout his career.