WQXR in New York reports that Anthony McGill, one of the most eloquent clarinetists of our day, will join the New York Philharmonic in September as principal.
McGill has been co-principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for a decade and a Peabody Conservatory faculty member since 2008.
There is extra interest in the Philharmonic post since McGill is the third musician to be hired since the retirement, after six decades, of Stanley Drucker in 2009. The first two accepted the position, but subsequently changed their minds. The third choice will surely be the charm.
If you heard McGill's sublime account of the Mozart concerto with the Baltimore Symphony a couple months ago, you know how fortunate the Philharmonic will be.
Meanwhile, classical fans around here can enjoy McGill's artistry on Sunday in a recital presented by Music in the Valley at St. John's Episcopal Church. He will be accompanied by Christopher Shih, winner of the 2011 Van Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition (and a gastroenterologist formerly based in Howard County).