New Tuscaloosa Symphony music director seeks to serve the composer

Posted on: October 17, 2012

In Tuesday’s (10/16) Tuscaloosa News (Alabama), Katherine Martin writes, “Adam Flatt remembers the rush of ecstasy and pounding heart he felt waiting to play with his junior high school orchestra at 12 years old. His violin tuned and his bow at the ready, the group performed Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif. At that moment, the future Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra music director realized large-ensemble musicmaking was the reason he spent hours in practice rooms learning to play. … When he is performing, Flatt says he strives to serve the composer 100 percent as best he can understand him. As a student, he was influenced by Claudio Abbado, a musician Flatt says inspires musicians to sublime performances. … Flatt, 45, who currently lives in Denver with his wife Jenny and 2-month-old son, Edgar, brought his conducting skills to Tuscaloosa for the first time in April 2011 when he was selected out of 150 applicants for the role of music director. He is also the music director of the Newport Symphony in Oregon and the Colorado Ballet.” Flatt began his Tuscaloosa tenure in the 2011-12 season.

Posted October 17, 2012