Jeffrey Day, of The State newspaper, wrote a piece that ran in today’s paper about Charles Wadsworth, the director of Spoleto’s chamber music series since 1977, who announced his retirement last weekend after the 2009 festival.

Day writes that “some” speculated that this would happen after Geoff Nuttall, the principal violinist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, was named his associate director, the first time Wadsworth’s has needed an assistant.

To my knowledge, I’m the lone speculator (here, here, here, and here). I could be wrong.

As Day writes:

Some had speculated that Wadsworth was planning to retire, but he didn’t even tell the festival leadership until the day before he announced it to his audience.

And:

Some had speculated that Wadsworth was preparing for retirement when Geoff Nuttall, violinist for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, became co-host and assistant coordinator for the series this year.