Jeffrey Kahane named Sarasota Music Festival’s next music director

Posted on: July 29, 2016

“The Sarasota Orchestra announced today it has appointed Jeffrey Kahane music director of the Sarasota Music Festival, an annual three-week program of the Sarasota Orchestra that brings prestigious faculty artists and 60 pre-professional college-aged students to Sarasota from around the world to study and perform,” writes Nick Friedman in Thursday’s (7/28) Observer (Sarasota, FL). “Kahane will begin his three-year contract Aug. 1, making him the third director in the festival’s 53-year history. Kahane … a renowned conductor and pianist … currently serves as artistic director of ChamberFest at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University and will complete his 20-year tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the end of the 2016/2017 season. He previously served as music director of the Colorado Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony…. Says Sarasota Orchestra President and CEO Joseph McKenna, … ‘He has an excellent educational pedigree and commitment to education, which the festival is heavily focused on. He’s a giant of a musician, and we’re glad [he] landed in Sarasota for the next chapter of the festival.’ … Kahane’s first experience with the Sarasota Music Festival was as a piano faculty member in 2015.”

Posted July 29, 2016