Christoph Eschenbach extends contract with National Symphony Orchestra
“This artistic home has been even more welcoming and rewarding than I had imagined,” Eschenbach said in a statement.
The Eschenbach magic has been evident -- at last to some of us -- from his first concerts with the NSO, so the news of his intensifying relationship with the orchestra and the center is most welcome.
So is some more news made at Sunday's gala: Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein, who has already donated more than $25 million to the institution, announced yet another gift, this one to ...
The original organ developed any number of technical problems over the years and had been pretty much written off. The new one, with 5,000 pipes, will be built by Casavant Frères of St-Hyacinth, Quebec. Installation is slated to begin next summer.
The instrument will have 85 ranks of pipes, four manuals and pedal. A set of 61 pipes from the center's original organ will be retained to honor that instrument's donor, Catherine Filene Shouse (she was responsible for Wolf Trap, too).