Colorado Symphony welcomes music-director candidates from overseas

Posted on: October 19, 2010

In Sunday’s (10/17) Denver Post, Kyle MacMillan writes, “Could one of the eight European guest conductors set to direct the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in 2010-11 become its next artistic leader? The short answer: Yes. The orchestra has declined to reveal who it is considering to replace Jeffrey Kahane, who stepped down in June after five seasons. But James Palermo, president and chief executive, confirmed that all these visiting maestros are being examined as potential candidates. … Eight Europeans—nine if Douglas Boyd, the orchestra’s returning principal guest conductor from Great Britain, is included—likely are the most guest conductors ever in a single season. According to Palermo, who oversees the podium choices, this concentration of talent from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean was a coincidence. While that might be true, the packed lineup, which begins Friday with Russian conductor Alexander Polianichko, only enhances the likelihood that the symphony’s next music director will be European. … While it is possible to target likely candidates, it is impossible to gauge how well a conductor’s style and temperament will mesh with the musicians until he or she steps onto the podium.” MacMillan briefly profiles candidates Polianichko, Arild Remmereit, Matthew Halls, Hannu Lintu, Gilbert Varga, Antoni Wit, Juanjo Mena, and Christian Arming.

Posted October 19, 2010