Moody marks new era at Memphis Symphony

Posted on: September 30, 2016

The plan to relocate the Memphis Symphony’s headquarters to the University of Memphis, “expected to take place in about two weeks, is part of an ambitious partnership with the U of M that is just one element in a season of change for the 62-year-old orchestra, as it emerges from the budget chaos of the past several years with new organizational purpose and economic momentum,” writes John Beifuss in Thursday’s (9/29) Tennessean. “The public face of the re-energized symphony is new principal conductor Robert Moody.… Moody makes his debut as symphony conductor this weekend with a pair of First Tennessee Masterworks concerts.… The program includes work by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez, who incorporated Latin rhythms into his music, with U of M alumnus Jesse Kasinger as guest violinist.… Moody is under a two-year contract as the symphony’s principal conductor.… Jennifer Bradner, interim president and CEO for the nonprofit symphony, praised Moody’s ‘revolutionary heart.’ … As is typical for conductors these days, Moody comes to Memphis with other responsibilities. He has been music director of the Winston-Salem Symphony in North Carolina since 2005, and music director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine since 2008.”

Posted September 30, 2016