A colleague in Montreal informs me that Franz-Paul Decker is conducting the Alpine Symphony there next week. Decker is one of the last people alive who knew Richard Strauss and had the chance to discuss music with him.
He is going to be 89 in June and to say that his career has had its ups and downs is like describing what happened to the Titanic as an understandable navigational error. The difference is, Decker is still there and may right now be the absolute doyen of his profession.
Does anyone know an older maestro still active?