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From my new monthly essay in The Critic:
Like football clubs, symphony orchestras enter the transfer market in the close season — and I have never known a busier one than the summer of 2022.
Just look at the gaps on the map. New York and Chicago are hunting a music director, as are Munich, Amsterdam and Covent Garden. One league down, there are vacancies at the Vienna Symphony, in Toulouse, Seattle, Minnesota, Seoul, Manchester, Moscow (several) and more.
The net result is that only two front runners are being pursued for all the jobs above
It used to be easy to select a music director. Line up half a dozen guest conductors over one season and see which, if any, impress. Then, if the musicians respond to one, turn on the charm and pitch a salary offer just above rival bids, and well below the current ceiling of $4 million. Done deal.
Covid, however, broke the circuit. …
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