Urbanski begins Indianapolis Symphony tenure

Posted on: September 14, 2011

In Tuesday’s (9/13) Indianapolis Star, Jay Harvey writes, “Krzysztof Urbanski, the new music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, enjoyed a summer marked by an unusual ‘first’ in a career brimming with them. He conducted the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Sapporo, Japan. … ‘It was the first time in my career I was not the youngest person onstage,’ the 28-year-old maestro recalled in his Symphony Center office in Downtown Indianapolis. Youthful accomplishment has been the norm in the Polish conductor’s rapid rise, capped by his hiring as the ISO’s seventh music director last fall. In town to begin his tenure with a three-concert weekend, climaxed by a gala concert Sunday in which he’ll share the podium with pops maestro Jack Everly, Urbanski seemed eager to get started in the first two of six weeks he’s conducting this season. … Of the centerpiece on his first program, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, he said: ‘I’m so anxious to see how the orchestra is going to play it, because sometimes you need for it to sound almost harsh.’ The enthusiasm is fueled by Urbanski’s apparent readiness to take chances. … Still to come in the near term for Urbanski: Keeping close to the audition process in hopes of soon filling several key ISO vacancies and working out a schedule for his position as adjunct professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.”

Posted September 14, 2011