Peripatetic Butterman is El Paso Symphony’s fourth candidate

Posted on: January 25, 2012

In Sunday’s (1/22) El Paso Times (Texas), Doug Pullen writes, “Multi-tasking seems to come easily to Michael Butterman. The fourth of six conductors in the running to be the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s next baton waver, he’s in his sixth year as music director and conductor of Colorado’s Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and Louisiana’s Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. He’s in his third year as resident conductor with Florida’s Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and 12th as principal conductor for education and outreach of New York’s Rochester Symphony Orchestra. ‘It can be done. I’m multi-tasking, of course, all the time, with emails, phone calls. This week … I’m in Boulder, but I’m dealing every single day with the others,’ said the 45-year-old Virginia native, who will conduct the El Paso orchestra Friday and Saturday at the Plaza Theatre. … Butterman said the Boulder and Shreveport orchestras have budgets comparable to the El Paso orchestra’s $1.5 million annual budget. He’s increased ticket sales and audience numbers in those cities. He thinks he can do it here. … He also has engaged social media and makes his own pre-concert videos to preview his programs.”

Posted January 25, 2012