First of three Portland Symphony music director candidates to lead weekend concerts

Posted on: September 27, 2017

“The search to replace Robert Moody as music director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra moves into its public phase this week when the first of three finalists comes to Portland to conduct the orchestra at Merrill Auditorium,” writes Bob Keyes in Tuesday’s (9/26) Press Herald (Portland, Maine). “Eckart Preu, music director of the Long Beach Symphony and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, who just announced his final season as conductor of the Spokane Symphony, will lead the orchestra through a pops program of Gershwin music on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon…. Each of the finalists will follow the same routine, coming to town for pops and classical performances with the orchestra throughout the 2017-18 concert season, which began this week…. In addition to Preu, the other finalists are Ken-David Masur and Daniel Meyer. Masur is assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony and artistic director of the Chelsea Music Festival, and Meyer is music director of the Asheville Symphony and the Erie Philharmonic…. Masur will conduct classical programs in November and March and a pops concert in January. Meyer will conduct a pops concert in April and a classical concert in May. Each candidate proposed the program he will conduct, with feedback and input from the orchestra musicians and administration.”

Posted September 27, 2017

Pictured: The Portland Symphony Orchestra cello section in performance