Brilliance + Schmoozing: An Impossible Combo?

“Where are the next great maestros? Four major American orchestras –the Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony — either are now or soon will be searching for new music directors. Two of these — Chicago and Pittsburgh — have been looking for more than two years. … Why have two major orchestras failed to find conductors brilliant enough and willing to lead them?”