According to the paper, the DSO wants to retain flexibility in scheduling its conductors as it auditions candidates to succeed music director Neeme J‹rvi, who steps down at the end of the season. Perlman has conducted two to three weeks a year during his four-year tenure.
"We were concerned that if the conductor we were interested in was only available the particular week we were holding for Mr. Perlman, that we'd be stuck," DSO general manager Stephen Millen told the Free Press.
Perlman said that he hoped to continue to conduct frequently in Detroit. "It will always be a little like coming home," he said.