Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music and artistic director of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“The Philadelphia Orchestra and its musical leader have agreed to a contract extension keeping the conductor at the helm of the ensemble at least through the 2029-30 season,” writes Peter Dobrin in Sunday’s (2/5) Philadelphia Inquirer (login may be required). “Yannick Nézet-Séguin was already in the middle of a deal lasting through 2025-26, but when he and the orchestra began discussing future artistic plans, it became clear that the longer time frame made sense, said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center Inc. With the extension comes a loftier title: music and artistic director, the latter being an addition…. Nézet-Séguin, 47, took over as music director in the 2012-13 season … Nézet-Séguin has built a friendlier, more accessible public face for the orchestra…. Nézet-Séguin has advocated for more underrepresented performers and composers on stage…. The orchestra under his leadership has hastened its move toward more accessible and diversified programming … Nézet-Séguin has developed a partnership between the orchestra and [New York’s] Metropolitan Opera (where he is also artistic chief).”