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CSO music director search enters formal stage

February 20, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - As it enters its 85th anniversary year as the musical heartbeat of Chautauqua Institution, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra prepares to celebrate its rich history this summer and take significant steps in shaping its future.

This off-season, the Institution launched the more formal stage of securing the CSO's next music director with the formation of a Music Director Search Committee and the announcement of eight candidates being considered for the position - all of whom will serve as guest conductors this summer.

The goal of the search committee, comprising three Institution board members, three CSO members and three community members, is to recommend one finalist to the Institution by the end of the 2014 Season.

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Pictured above is Daniel Boico. The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra is currently preparing to celebrate its rich history this summer and take significant steps in shaping its future.

Since 2011, the CSO's summer schedule has featured a wide-ranging roster of new and veteran guest conductors, many of whom were identified as potential candidates for the music director position. Thirty-two potential candidates were evaluated during this informal assessment phase. This fall, the CSO's Artistic Advisory Committee worked closely with Institution staff to select four of these candidates to return and four new candidates to see in 2014.

This summer, Chautauquans in attendance at CSO concerts will be invited to participate in an online survey to share feedback about candidates. The search committee will consider these public evaluations alongside evaluations from CSO members in committee discussion. Criteria for evaluating candidates is based on three roles defined by the League of American Orchestras: principal conductor (a performing musician), artistic director (the artistic head of the CSO), and community arts leader (an advocate, ambassador and teacher working on behalf of the orchestra in its community).

All eight candidates for the music director position have been announced. Returning this summer are Marcelo Lehninger, Rossen Milanov, Roberto Minczuk and Maximiano Valdes. Debuting at Chautauqua in 2014 are Christian Macelaru, Bruce Hangen, Christof Perick and Daniel Boico.

Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger (June 28 and July 1) is music director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles and Associate Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Princeton Symphony Orchestra Music Director Rossen Milanov (July 10) is the principal conductor of Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain and also serves as music director of the nationally recognized training orchestra Symphony in C in New Jersey.

Conductor Roberto Minczuk (July 19 and 22) is currently in his ninth season as music director of the Calgary Philharmonic. He also serves as music director of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira Rio de Janeiro.

Chilean conductor Maximiano Valdes (July 29 and 31) is music director and principal conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony. Valdes recently ended a 16-year tenure as music director of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain and was named the orchestra's conductor laureate. He is a former music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic.

Associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cristian Macelaru (July 15 and 17) began his tenure at the Philadelphia Orchestra as assistant conductor in September 2011. In recognition of his artistic contributions to the orchestra, his title was elevated to associate conductor in November 2012.

Bruce Hangen (July 24 and Aug. 7) is music director of the Orchestra of Indian Hill and director of orchestral activities at the Boston Conservatory. He recently completed his tenure as the principal pops guest conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Christof Perick (Aug. 12 and 14) is general music director and chief conductor at the Bayerische Staatstheater Nurnberg and the Nurnberger Philharmoniker, where he conducted premieres of Tannhauser, Die Zauberflote and Ariadne auf Naxos as well as the revivals of Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and Nozze di Figaro.

Daniel Boico (Aug. 16 and 19) has conducted orchestras on five continents. Recent engagements include appearances with the Florida Orchestra, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa, Nurnberger Symphoniker in Germany, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico), San Francisco Ballet, and the return to the Beethoven Festival in Chicago. He served as assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 2009 to 2011.

The Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1929 and today continues its legacy as the center of musical life at Chautauqua. Performing 21 concerts in the Amphitheater including two concerts accompanying Chautauqua Dance, the CSO is a professional orchestra that draws its membership from around the nation and around the world. It has grown from its original complement of 52 musicians to the current roster of 75 active members.

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