Acclaim in Chicago
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Bernard Haitink: 10 facts about the great conductor
8. Acclaim in Chicago
In April 2006, after an acclaimed two-week engagement with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra appointed Haitink to the newly created position of principal conductor, effective as of the 2006 –2007 season. He declined an offer to be music director, citing his age. With respect to this contract, Haitink stated that 'every conductor, including myself, has a sell-by date.'