‘The search for Maestro Right’

That’s the title for a very long article in the Chicago Tribune about the search for a succeessor to Daniel Barenboim as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director.

Nobody ever claimed finding Maestro Right would be a cakewalk. More than 2 1/2 years have gone by since Daniel Barenboim dropped his bombshell announcement that he was stepping down as music director … in June of this year. And still there’s no successor in sight.

The appointment of the dream team of Bernard Haitink as principal conductor and Pierre Boulez as conductor in interim leadership roles, beginning this coming season, has bought the CSO time to conduct the search process as thoroughly as possible, removing any pressure to fill Barenboim’s shoes with an ill-considered choice.

The writer speculates about likely candidates, including in the list David Robertson (a name new to me), who is currently music director of the St. Louis Symphony. He is a 47-year-old Californian who is building a reputation for himself. As the article points out, ‘if hired, he would become the first American-born music director in CSO history’. Take a look at the article for a fascinating insight into the process of conductor appointment at a major orchestra. It’s five pages long, but some of the later pages don’t have all that much content.

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