Colorado Symphony’s “discreet” music director hunt

Posted on: June 16, 2009

“For the second time in eight years, the Colorado Symphony is in the hunt for a music director,” writes Kyle MacMillan in Sunday’s (6/14) Denver Post. Jeffrey Kahane announced in July 2008 that he would give up his conducting post to devote more time to the piano; he steps down at the end of the 2009-10 season. “The orchestra’s continuing improvement,” says MacMillan, demands a conductor “who is equal to its standing and capable of taking the ensemble even further.” Some of the possible candidates mentioned in the article are Douglas Boyd (the orchestra’s principal guest conductor), James Gaffigan, Julian Kuerti, Andrew Litton, and Edward Gardner. James Palermo, the orchestra’s executive director, emphasizes in the article that “We’re trying to be very, very discreet about the process. We don’t want to talk about it publicly, because the kind of people we’re interested in don’t want lots of speculation about their role with the symphony. Palermo did say that the person chosen will be someone who has conducted the orchestra, and he made it clear that some of the visiting maestros who appeared during the 2008-09 season and others coming up in 2009-10 or later might be considered.”

Posted June 16, 2009