“Based on recent accounts in the media regarding James Levine, Ravinia has severed all ties,” the Ravinia Festival’s statement said. “Ravinia maintains a zero-tolerance policy and culture on sexual harassment. We are deeply troubled and saddened by the allegations and sympathize with everyone who has been hurt.”
Levine, who was suspended by New York’s Metropolitan Operaover the weekend following a series of allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1960s, was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residencies at the festival from 1973 to 1993, performing there as recently as August this year. He was to have been the festival’s Conductor Laureate beginning in 2018.
One of the alleged victims, Ashok Pai, has claimed in a police report quoted by the New York Post that Levine abused him for years beginning in the summer of 1986 – when Pai was 16 – after Levine drove him home from the festival.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association also issued a statement, referring to the allegations against Levine...