A Concertmaster Says Farewell To New York

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The New York Philharmonic's concertmaster Glenn Dicterow will be leaving New York after 34 years at his post.

After 34 years at the New York Philharmonic, concertmaster Glenn Dicterow will play his final concert on June 28. Dicterow has had the longest tenure of any Phil concertmaster, and he's done everything from traveling with the orchestra to North Korea in 2008 to taking over when a conductor gets lost.

"You have to do it from the chair and kind of conduct with the scroll of the violin," Dicterow says.

After leaving the New York Philharmonic, Dicterow plans to move to his home state of California to teach at USC's Thornton School of Music. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Dicterow talks about those future plans and reflects on his many years leading the venerated orchestra.