Franx Xaver Ohnesorg, the German artistic and managing director at Carnegie Hall, announced his resignation yesterday. After vacating his position in New York on August 31, 2001, he will become general manager of the Berlin Philharmonic. The former manager of the Cologne Philharmonic has been working at Carngie Hall for only a little over a year. When he became its director in September 1999, he took on two ambitious projects - overseeing the construction of a new auditorium for chamber music, and expanding the repertory, which had already been his strong suit in Cologne. Ohnesorg enjoys excellent contacts to Avant-garde composers, as well as to artists outside the classical music world. In recent months, however, he had come under attack at Carnegie Hall, as employees accused him of poor leadership. Georg Hirsch reports.
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