Public attention is now focused at last on the weakened and precarious condition of the music directors (our current euphuism for celebrity conductors) across the entire United States.

Merely to mention the orchestras involved is to convey the magnitude of the problem. Of our six major orchestras—those of New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Los Angeles—only one orchestra is secure and comfortable in its choice of conductor, and that is Cleveland’s, largely because Christoph von Dohnányi, the orchestra’s new music director, has yet to begin his first season. Elsewhere the situation ranges from troubled to dismal. In Boston, Seiji Ozawa’s reign, long under attack from the press, is openly threatened by the popularity of Sir Colin Davis, the orchestra’s principal guest conductor. In Chicago, Sir Georg Solti, hitherto the most securely entrenched conductor in America, must...

 
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