“The National Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday it would extend the contract of Gianandrea Noseda by two years, through the 2026-2027 season,” writes Michael Andor Brodeur in Thursday’s (6/2) Washington Post (D.C.) “Noseda, now in his fifth season as music director, was named as the NSO’s seventh music director in 2016 after stints as principal guest conductor at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and the Israel Philharmonic, and as music director for the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, England, and the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy. Since September, he has also served as general music director of the Zurich Opera House…. Noseda, 58, greeted the extension as an opportunity to make up for two seasons that, despite a boost in digital programming, were mostly lost to the pandemic. But the extension also represents insurance for Noseda’s primary goals with the NSO: to raise the orchestra to the level of a national ambassador and to test that mettle through a resumption of recording and touring activities…. Aaron Goldman, principal flute, voiced excitement at the news, and suspected his enthusiasm was shared across the orchestra, which he says has transformed under Noseda’s baton. ‘However long we can keep him,’ [Goldman] said, ‘we want to.’ ”