The future in Philly

An interesting follow-up, one of what I assume will be hundreds, as the Philadelphia Orchestra begin looking to the future. 

I don’t know Eschenbach’s work there at all, and wouldn’t comment on it anyway, but I do think music director search issue is one of the biggest bugaboos facing orchestras anywhere. 

Don’t believe the hype- there are some wonderful, wonderful musicians out there who could do stunning work in Philly or anywhere else. When one can only come up with one or two possible names of viable candidates for one of the greatest jobs in music, you’re not dealing with a musical problem, you’re dealing with a huge set of institutional problems, one that extends way, way beyond the orchestra. It would be wonderful if some of our gifted music writers would get inside these issues. Why aren’t we finding talent that is out there? 


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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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