McGill, co-principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since
2004, is moving across the plaza at New York’s Lincoln Center. The Met
has confirmed that the Chicago-born McGill, 34, will take a one-year
leave of absence beginning in September to play principal clarinet with
the New York Philharmonic.
will be the second respected clarinetist with close Chicago ties to
occupy the first clarinet chair at the New York Philharmonic.
Williamson is completing a year’s leave from the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra, where he has held the principal clarinet position since 2011,
to perform as principal with the philharmonic.