Six conductors during Arkansas Symphony’s music director search in 2022-23 season

Posted on: June 29, 2022

“The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra announced its roster of guest conductors for the 2022-23 season, after which it expects to conclude its search for a music director,” writes Stephanie Smittle in Tuesday’s (6/28) Arkansas Times. “Geoffrey Robson has been the symphony’s interim artistic director since the departure of Philip Mann as music director in 2019. All but one of the guest conductors, Vladimir Kulenovich, have worked with the symphony before and are making a return visit.” Kulenovich will conduct a program of Joseph Bologne, Bruch, Hindemith, and Mozart in October. Five other conductors will conduct concerts from November through May: Stephen Mulligan, Akiko Fujimoto, Andrew Crust, Geoffrey Robson, and Matthew Kraemer. “ ‘Our guest conductors have been selected specifically by our own musicians because they are outstanding musicians themselves,’ Chief Executive Officer Christina Littlejohn said.… The season program [includes] some smart-as-hell program choices to anticipate (A Rachel Barton Pine appearance! Hindemith! Margaret Bonds’ ‘Montgomery Variations!’ A spotlight on the ASO’s harpist Alisa Coffey! Fanny Mendelssohn! New stuff I’ve never heard of!).” Composers represented during the season include Beethoven, Berlioz, Doreen Carwithen, Delius, Dvořák, James Lee III, Gabriel Pierné, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Robert Schumann, Sibelius, and Still.