Philharmonic announces new season and music director candidates



At this evening’s performance of Berlioz’s “Harold in Italy,” the Colorado Springs Philharmonic announced its upcoming season along with the names of the five finalists in the search to fill the music director seat that will be vacated next year by Lawrence Leighton Smith.

Drawn from a pool of more than 250 applicants, each of the five contenders will guest conduct a Philharmonic performance during the 2010-2011 season, which will then culminate in Leighton Smith’s farewell concert.

The highly credentialed finalists are as follows:

Leif Bjaland, Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Shizuo Kuwahara, Music Director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta

Viswa Subbaraman, Founder and Artistic Director of Houston’s Opera Vista

Ward Stare, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

Kynan Johns, Director of Orchestra for Rutgers University

The new season, which will draw heavily upon the Romantic period, includes Masterworks Performances of works by Strauss, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Bruch, Liszt, Shostakovich, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky.

There will also be a Vanguard Performances series including works by Arvo Part and William Bolcom, Philharmonic Pops evenings devoted to the likes of Billy Joel and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a Halloween season screening of Hitchcock’s Psycho with live accompaniment.

Looks for a feature on the Philharmonic in next week’s Indy.

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