Ohnesorg's Successor

A short and stormy legacy has come to an abrupt end - Franz Xaver Ohnesorg, the German director of the New York Carnegie Hall, is leaving his position Monday next week. His departure comes several months earlier than he had planned. Ohnesorg, who had assumed the leadership at Carnegie Hall in the fall of 1999, became a target last year when several employees accused him of being too rigid. Some employees quit, while others were fired. The confrontation reached its peak when swastikas were found inside Carnegie Hall. Ohnesorg resigned last December, to become executive director at the Berlin Philharmonic. Previously, Ohnesorg held similar positions at the Cologne Philharmonic and at the Munich Philharmonic. Ohnesorg had intended to leave New York in September, but his successor was officially named yesterday. Georg Hirsch has more.

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