Spokane Symphony names five music director finalists to succeed Eckart Preu in 2019

Posted on: March 7, 2018

“The Spokane Symphony’s search committee last week announced the names of the five finalists to replace Eckart Preu as the symphony’s music director in 2019,” writes Carolyn Lamberson in Sunday’s (3/4) Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA). They are Morihiko Nakahara, James Lowe, Rei Hotoda, Arthur Arnold, and Jayce Ogren. “Each finalist will visit Spokane during the 2018-19 symphony season to conduct a Classics concert [and meet] with musicians, staff, donors, educators and the public…. Nakahara … has served as [the Spokane Symphony’s] resident conductor for the past 10 years [and is] music director of the South Carolina Philharmonic…. Lowe serves as chief conductor of the Vaasa City Orchestra in Finland [and] principal conductor of the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble… Hotoda [is] music director of the Fresno Philharmonic in July, and was [previously] associate conductor for the Utah Symphony [and] assistant conductor the Dallas Symphony…. Arnold [is] music director of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra [and] of the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Festival on Canada’s west coast…. Ogren was named artistic director of Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001 in 2016. Before that, he was the assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and music director of the Cleveland Youth Orchestra from 2006-09.”

Posted March 7, 2018