Music: Musical Chairs for the Maestros

From New York to Los Angeles, batons are changing hands

It goes in spurts. For years major U.S. orchestras are under the baton of an established conductor. Then one or two podiums open up, and suddenly a game of musical chairs is under way. Right now that game has never been livelier. Antal Dorati has taken over in Detroit, leaving Washington, D.C.'s National Symphony to Mstislav Rostropovich. St. Louis has plucked young American Leonard Slatkin from New Orleans. San Francisco selected Edo de Waart from Rotterdam, after Seiji Ozawa relinquished that post to concentrate...

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