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I could not help wondering this on Tuesday evening, when Kent Nagano conducted the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in an impressive program at Carnegie Hall, this ensemble's first appearance in New York in five years. Mr. Nagano opened with a slyly seductive account of Ravel's "La Valse," followed by a majestic performance of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the distinguished Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires, then ended with a grim, weighty take on Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring."

That this orchestra, which Mr. Nagano has directed since 2006, had not played in New York since the Spring for Music festival at Carnegie in 2011 was only one issue. Why has the California-born Mr. Nagano, 64, a major international artist, hardly been engaged by New York's leading orchestra and opera company?

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