Saturday, September 27, 2008

Eschenbach to Lead National Symphony

Read the following announcement very carefully, my friends:  a great deal is said between the lines.

Eschenbach to Lead National Symphony

By Daniel J. Wakin; Compiled by Dave Itzkoff

Christoph Eschenbach who departed the Philadelphia Orchestra after a relatively brief and rocky relationship, has been named the next music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. His three-year tenure will begin in the 2010-11 season, after Ivan Fischer ends a two-year interim term with the title of principal conductor. Mr. Eschenbach, 68, was also named to a new position, music director of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the symphony’s home. Mr. Eschenbach spent five years at the Philadelphia Orchestra through last season, the shortest span for any of its music directors in nearly a century, and left amid reports that musicians were dissatisfied with him. He had not conducted the National Symphony for at least 15 years until a hastily arranged concert in February. The orchestra had been searching for a replacement for Leonard Slatkin, its longtime music director, whose term ended after last season. (accessed September 27, 2008)

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