Rockford Symphony selects nine music director candidates; Steven Larsen to retire in December

Posted on: May 20, 2021

“The Rockford Symphony Orchestra announced the finalists for a new music director Wednesday morning,” reads an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (5/19) WIFR TV (IL). “Nine candidates were selected from two hundred-plus applicants…. The next phase consists of each finalist programming and conducting a concert with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra. Nine concerts will be scheduled beginning in January of 2022 with each candidate spending a week in Rockford…. The finalist candidates are: Yaniv Attar, Andrew Crust, Eric Garcia, Tania Miller, Radu Paponiu, Yaniv Segal, Scott Terrell, Vlad Vizireanu, and Alistair Willis. Current music director Steven Larsen planned to retire at the end of the 2020-21 season. Due to the pandemic, he will be extending his contract through Dec. 2021 to include conducting the July 3 Star Spangled Spectacular, a Classics concert in October, The Nutcracker and Holiday Pops…. In honor of Steven Larsen’s 30 years of service the RSO initiated the Larsen Legacy Campaign with the goal of raising $500,000 to ensure the financial future of the orchestra so that when the baton is passed to the next artistic leader, the RSO is in a position to encourage and create progressive and innovative programming.”