Two years ago, the Met orchestra was rocked by the resignation of both principal flutes.
Denis Bouriakov went to Dudamel’s Los Angeles Philharmonic and Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson to Muti’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
A year ago, the Met hired two stand-ins on a one-year contract: Demarre McGill, principal flute of Dallas, and Erik Gratton, principal of Nashville.
Due to the delays involving tenure, auditions were not held to replace them until last week.
On Friday, Gratton won the first place and Chelsea Knox the second.
That means Demarre McGill, hugely gifted and popular, is left without a seat in this cruel game of musical chairs.
He won’t go long without one.
However…. and here’s the twist in the tale … we hear that Erik Gratton is telling friends he’s undecided whether to take the Met job or to return to Nashville, where his wife is assistant concertmaster.
Nothing’s easy in this musical world.