NEW YORK (AP) -- Conductor James Levine has returned from an absence of more than two years to lead the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in a concert at Carnegie Hall.

The 69-year-old Levine was left partially paralyzed by a fall in August 2011 and is regaining use of his legs. He conducted from a motorized wheelchair lifted about 3 feet in the air by a mechanical podium constructed for his use by the Met.

When he wheeled on stage, Levine received a one-minute standing ovation from the crowd in the 2,804-seat auditorium, blew a kiss to the audience and raised both hands. The audience responded with 7? minutes of applause after the concert.

Levine made his Met debut in 1971 and had not conducted in public since May 14, 2011.