Orch insiders tell us that Christoph Eschenbach’s contract as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra is to be renewed tomorrow.
Eschy is the third highest paid maestro in the US, on $1.93 million a year. He has received some of the worst reviews of any top stick this past year. A sizeable part of the players are fed up, especially with his pals-for-soloists program. Local critics have lost faith.
But the outgoing Michael Kaiser, having hired Eschy in the first place, is not going to dump him now, we hear. Can the incoming Deborah Rutter unpick that contract? If not, Washington could face more washouts.
In the 2014-15 season, the so-called National Symphony is not playing a solitary note of American music.