In Sunday’s (2/22) Charlotte Observer (North Carolina), Steven Brown writes, “The Charlotte Symphony hopes to turn challenges into opportunities in its 2009-10 season. The orchestra faces the same recession as the rest of us, on top of financial troubles that began six years ago. The group has yet to hire a conductor to take over after Christof Perick steps down as music director next spring. … But a cost-conscious orchestra can go for promising young soloists and conductors who aren’t as expensive as veterans, executive director Jonathan Martin said.” They include pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Karen Gomyo, and conductor James Feddeck. “The orchestra also will introduce some of its music lovers to a new experience in early October. After producing a couple of special concerts this season with multimedia additions—such as a video montage from the movie On the Waterfront linked to Leonard Bernstein’s music—the orchestra will bring multimedia to the main series for the first time. This time, the fodder will include Bernstein’s On the Town.” A separate article by Brown in the Observer that same day reports that two of the Charlotte Symphony’s candidates for music director—Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer and American James Gaffigan—have withdrawn from the race.