In Thursday’s (9/1) Oregonian (Portland), David Stabler writes, “Carlos Kalmar, the Oregon Symphony’s music director since 2003, has renewed his contract through 2015. His current contract ran through 2013. In the 2007-08 season, the last for which numbers are available, he earned $312,000. Kalmar’s achievements with the orchestra began as soon as he took the podium and culminated with a triumphant concert at Carnegie Hall in May. Critics and audiences remarked on the orchestra’s stellar playing, some with a note of surprise. Alex Ross, the New Yorker’s respected critic, called it ‘one of the most gripping events of the current season.’ A recording of the New York concert will come out later this year on the PentaTone label—the first classical recording Kalmar has made with the orchestra in eight years. Kalmar plans to make three more recordings over the next four seasons. The Oregon Symphony has been invited back to Carnegie Hall in 2013. … Kalmar, who maintains homes in Portland and Vienna, adds another job this fall when he takes over the Spanish Radio/Television Orchestra in Madrid.” Kalmar is also artistic director and principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
Posted September 1, 2011