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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.

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