The Nashville Symphony Orchestra's choice for a new, permanent music director is still anybody' guess, but the national trend is clear: important orchestras around the country are taking chances, selecting young and vigorous new leaders. Just yesterday, the New York Philharmonic picked Alan Gilbert
, 40, to be its new music director. That decision follows the Los Angeles Philharmonic's recent naming of 26-year-old Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel as its conductor. Will Nashville, which tapped 62-year-old veteran Leonard Slatkin
as its caretaker conductor, take a chance with youth? We may find out soon enough.