Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Two of the country's oldest and most venerated music institutions, the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, are beginning their seasons with a change in artistic leadership. Both organizations are grappling with 21st century issues of bringing new audiences in and convincing them that centuries-old music forms are central to their lives today.

David Debalko / kenshowatanabe.com

Classical music has a new rising star. According to a story published Tuesday in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the young assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra stepped in to lead a concert at the last moment for an ailing Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and it was a great success.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Marco Borggreve

Benjamin Franklin famously said that, "Fish and visitors stink after three days." That is certainly true about fish - and it depends upon the guest. What about conductors, however? How long should an orchestra expect, or want, a conductor to stay?