UPDATED- Hello, I must be going

This just in-  Christoph Eschenbach has resigned as Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and will be concluding his tenure at the end of the 2007-8 season. 

More thoughts to follow. 

UPDATE-

This from Adam Shatzman suggests that Eschenbach has goten a raw deal in the press and from some musicians.

David Patrick Stearns wonders if the Philly musicians are getting a reputation as the new “conductor eating orchestra” 

Peter Dorbin offers his thoughts here

 Here is what the Gramophone had to say After reading this-

 “Eschenbach, 67, was said to be at his home in Paris and unavailable for comment, but Kevin Kleinmann, his spokesman, said the conductor had decided he no longer wanted to be tied down to a major orchestra. “He has too many other plans and projects — opera, youth orchestras, festivals, the Internet.”

 in the Washington Post news item by Tim Page, I called Eschenbach at his home and suggested a “career swap.” I’m delighted to report that, as of 2008, I will be the new music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Christoph will be working with a number of my favorite youth orchestras, and will take over authorship of A View from the Podium.

Good times!

More serious thoughts to follow

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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