Rumors are going around right now that there is a chance that Seattle Symphony’s music directory, Gerard Schwartz, might be leaving at the end of his contract (i.e. end of 2007-2008 season):
This is certainly sad. I’m not saying that the quality of the Seattle Symphony will certainly decrease if this turns out to be true, but any transition is always painful for any orchestra. You lose the ability to predict what the conductor will do until you get used to the new one and this always increases the level of stress, decreasing the quality of the music you can produce.
Anyway, I’ll try to keep an eye on the development of this story.