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Saturday, May 31

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An interview with Mikko Nissinen by Jeffrey Gantz in The Boston Globe.

Nissinen, 52, doesn’t get to teach class as often as he’d like. For one thing, he’s been doing double duty over the past six months. Last October, Boston Ballet announced that its executive director, Barry Hughson, would be leaving to become executive director of the National Ballet of Canada. So Nissinen has had to take on some of those responsibilities even while helping with the search for a new executive director. When Hughson’s predecessor, Valerie Wilder, left in 2008, Nissinen acted as interim executive director for 15 months. He’s clearly pleased that Hughson’s successor, Meredith “Max” Hodges, whose hiring was announced last week, has been found after a much shorter search.

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Returned P.O.W. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was briefly a performer in the ballet.

The family lived in a small cabin that had 5,000 books but no telephone, a close-to-nature existence that fed Sergeant Bergdahl’s wanderlust. After a series of odd jobs, including as a crew member on a large sailboat and dancing the role of the Nutcracker in the Sun Valley Ballet, he turned to the Army to try to find focus in his life, friends and family say. He was lured by the promises of Army recruiters that he would be helping people in other parts of the world, his father said in an interview two years ago, and had come to see the military as a Peace Corps with guns.

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Rodion Shchedrin and Maya Plisetskaya offer moral support to Valery Gergiev in a time of controversy.

Shchedrin, 81, and former ballet great Plisetskaya, 88, reportedly spent more than six hours in talks with Gergiev during their meeting in Austria. The result was a long, if sometimes evasive, open letter by Gergiev, published ahead of the Munich concerts, in which he defended his stance even as he attempted to assure German music-lovers of his tolerant views.

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