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Berlin Philharmonic: May take a year to choose new conductor

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BERLIN (AP) — The Berlin Philharmonic says it could take as long as a year to find a replacement for outgoing chief conductor Simon Rattle after the orchestra’s musicians were unable to agree upon a candidate.

The orchestra said Tuesday that 123 musicians met for more than 11 hours Monday behind closed doors in a church in Berlin’s upscale Dahlem neighborhood and held many votes but couldn’t get the majority needed to elect a successor to Rattle, who leaves in 2018.

Spokeswoman Elisabeth Hilsdorf would not give details on how many candidates were considered nor who was in the running for the prestigious job.

She says: “We said from the beginning it will be a secret and kept as a secret.”

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