Orchestras: Waiting for Mr. Right

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is 30 years old, and has never known the security of a permanent conductor. Not that nobody will have it. The players just happen to be finicky, preferring to draw on an international pool of guest conductors until Mr. Right comes along. This has not always been easy. Beyond the customary growing pains, the orchestra has also had to weather the ravages of three wars, offering visiting maestros such inducements as "the largest and most luxurious air-raid shelter in the Near East, with excellent acoustics." Leonard Bernstein conducted...