El Paso Symphony conductor candidate brings thematic approach

Posted on: September 17, 2012

In Sunday’s (9/16) El Paso Times (Texas), Doug Pullen writes, “Music programming is one of the things orchestra conductors love the most about their jobs. Arthur Post, a candidate for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s vacant music director position, is no exception. ‘I do a lot of thematic programming. I think tying the pieces together gives the audience an additional handle on the music,’ said Post, who’ll lead the orchestra’s 82nd season-opening concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Plaza Theatre. … Post tries to find ways to make young people comfortable without alienating older audiences. Canada’s Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, with which he’s entering his third season, will play a program with blues guitarist Matt Anderson this fall.” Next weekend’s concerts “initiate a performance series tied in with the El Paso Museum of Art’s new touring exhibit, ‘Rembrandt, Rubens and Golden Age Painting of Europe 1600-1800.’ … The orchestra’s 10-member search committee couldn’t reach consensus on the six candidates who vied last season for the post vacated by Sarah Ioannides. It invited three new candidates to lead concerts in the fall, and previous contenders Lawrence Loh and Peter Rubardt to conduct in the winter.”

Posted September 17, 2012