Raymond Leppard, who began year-round performances and expanded classical programs as music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, is retiring after the close of the 2000-01 season.
Leppard, music director since 1987, will be named conductor laureate and continue to work in symphony music.
"This is not retirement for me," the 71-year-old said. "I expect to continue to guest conduct in this country and abroad."
The Indianapolis Symphony is one of only 18 American orchestras that play a full 52-week season.