James Conlon, the Los Angeles Opera’s music director and conductor, will step down next year from another prominent post, music director of the Ravinia Festival, Chicago’s summer equivalent of the 'Hollywood Bowl.
Ravinia Festival officials announced Monday that Conlon has extended his contract for one more year and will lead its resident orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, for six more performances next July and August.
Conlon, 64, said in the written announcement of his impending exit that he needed time for other things.
“Everything has its time, and after 11 years I feel it is the moment to pass on this responsibility,” he said. “I have worked year-round, including...