The Philadelphia Orchestra has named a new Music Director, to begin starting 2012.
He is 35 year-old Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who will be contracted for a minimum 5-year stint, starting in 2012.
The Philadelphia Orchestra, still possibly the most-recorded orchestra in the Western Hemisphere, has lately been judged to have seen better days. Typical of current regard is that they were notably left off the most recent '20-Greatest-Orchestras' list from Gramophone magazine, an outcome that would have been unthinkable in the eras of Stokowski & Ormandy.
In Philadelphia specifically, and the Delaware Valley generally, Nézet-Séguin will inherit a base of Orchestral Music enthusiasts who are looking for reasons to become excited again. In Nézet-Séguin, there may be a basis for symbiosis, if he can aid in restoring the perception that the Philadelphians will again be regarded as one of the world's great ensembles.
Early word from the board is that they're looking for this to be a long-term relationship. Early word from the 'critics-corner' is that the arrrangement figures to be promising, provided that Philadelphia becomes the plurality-focus for Nézet-Séguin's trans-continental career.
Best of luck to both Maestro et Virtuosi, as they move forward...