“Andrew Litton is leaving the top post as music director” of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, reports Ray Mark Rinaldi in Tuesday’s (9/15) Denver Post. “He’ll conduct his usual eight concerts this season starting Friday night, then shift into a new role as artistic adviser and principal guest conductor next year. That means he’ll lead just four concerts a year during the following two seasons, leaving him more time to carry out his duties as the recently hired music director of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Litton said he wanted to keep both jobs, but couldn’t work out a deal with CSO management.” Litton said that the orchestra wants a music director who lives in Colorado. “Litton actually started in Denver with the title of artistic adviser back in 2012, before bumping up to the key job a year later. Like many contemporary conductors, he maintains a busy schedule working with classical ensembles across the U.S., Europe and Asia.… The new arrangement will allow the CSO some breathing room in finding a replacement, a process it will start soon by appointing a committee to assess its needs and interview candidates.” Litton was music director of the Dallas Symphony from 1994 to 2006.
Posted September 21, 2015
Andrew Litton photo by Danny Turner