Cleveland Orchestra trumpeter to helm Colorado festival

Posted on: February 4, 2014

“He’s already head of the Cleveland Orchestra’s trumpet section and chairman of the brass division at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Now, though, Michael Sachs can also call himself music director, following an appointment at the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo.,” writes Zachary Lewis in Sunday’s (2/2) Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio). “Fear not, fans of Sachs in Cleveland…. His duties in Steamboat Springs … will only keep him away from Northeast Ohio four weeks a year, during summer, when he typically takes vacation. The current directors are violinists Monique Mead and Andres Cardenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.… Starting in summer 2015, Sachs will be responsible for [curating] a total of eight programs every year in a 600-seat hall with a stage suitable for everything from solo performers to 50-piece chamber orchestras.… The series … typically concentrates on string instruments, including piano… Sachs said his aim is to ‘enhance’ the lineup by presenting vocalists as well as woodwind and brass players, including some from Cleveland…. The Strings job may also afford Sachs another, much different creative outlet: conducting…. ‘Whether or not I actually pick up a baton remains to be seen,’ said Sachs.”

Posted February 4, 2014