In Sunday’s (5/20) Bradenton Herald (Florida), Wade Tatangelo writes, “Striking blonde Anu Tali, a rock star of sorts in the world of classical music, could be the next artistic director of the Sarasota Orchestra. But only a select few people know if she’s even a candidate. The maestro and cofounder of the Nordic Symphony Orchestra electrified concertgoers at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in February and returns for the Sarasota Orchestra’s upcoming season. She’s one of seven guest conductors, the rest are newcomers, featured during the company’s signature Masterworks series that begins in November. A search committee comprised of four Sarasota Orchestra musicians, two board members, two staffers and a pair of community enthusiasts is considering some of these conductors for artistic director. It’s the prestigious position Leif Bjaland held for 15 years before completing his tenure last season. … Audience surveys will also help determine the next music director of the Sarasota Orchestra.” Other guest conductors include Vermont Symphony Music Director Jaime Laredo; Omaha Symphony Music Director Thomas Wilkins; Daniel Hege, former music director of the Syracuse Symphony; Alessandro Siciliani, former Columbus Symphony music director; former Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Andrew Grams; and Austin Symphony Music Director Peter Bay.
Posted May 22, 2012