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Feddeck conducts CSO with aplomb

For James Feddeck, no one day at work is like another. And for the conductor, who left the Cleveland Orchestra in 2013, guest conducting has become a way into concert halls from Stockholm and Berlin to Toronto and Detroit. His most recent subscription series debut, for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on Saturday, was a clear […]


Canellakis leads night of dance-accompanied music in Dallas

The Dallas Morning News called it the season’s most fun concert, and referred to Karina Canellakis as “both authoritative and musically expressive.” The Dallas Symphony Orchestra‘s Remix series presented two nights of music September 11 and 12, accompanied by members of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II. Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News described the […]

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Attar finds new home at Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra

After Yaniv Attar guest-conducted in State College during the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra‘s 2014-2015 season, he says he was immediately impressed. “The music-making was completely natural with this group, and one can get to a very high level in quite a short time.” So when he was asked to take up the role of music director, […]


Kalia grapples for director position in Bakersfield

When Roger Kalia threw his hat in the ring for the role of music director at the Bakersfield Symphony in Bakersfield, California, he probably didn’t realize the audition would include wrestling. As a part of his initial visit to Bakersfield, Kalia had an opportunity to meet the community he hopes to support during a fundraiser […]


Lecce-Chong and Macelaru sell out in Milwaukee

Cristian Macelaru joined associate conductor and fellow Solti award-winner Francesco Lecce-Chong at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra last week. For Milwaukee’s music lovers, there was no dearth of options for great music, as legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman joined Lecce-Chong on stage Tuesday, April 28 to perform works by Felix Mendelssohn and Brahms, and Macelaru lead music […]


Feddeck returns to Cleveland for neighborhood concert

Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the Broadway Slavic neighborhood of Cleveland saw a packed house and works by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Rossini and Wagner for the Cleveland Orchestra’s “At Home” neighborhood residency program April 10. James Feddeck returned to the Cleveland Orchestra, where he served as assistant conductor four for years, ending his tenure during […]


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The Solti Foundation U.S. announces an unprecedented 10 awards to young American conductors

Now in its eleventh year of assisting exceptional young U.S. conductors to further develop their talent and careers, The Solti Foundation U.S. is pleased to announce that it is awarding its sixth $25,000 grant, The Solti Conducting Fellow, and a groundbreaking nine Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards, resulting in over $90,200¬† in grants (including […]


Weilerstein leads off 2015 with works in Great Britain and Michigan

So far, 2015’s been busy for Josh Weilerstein. First, a guest appearance in early January with the Grand Rapids Symphony in Grand Rapids, Michigan, featuring a piano concerto by Antonin Dvorak and an orchestral work by contemporary American composer Christopher Rouse, as well as¬†Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3. Then a puddle jump to Bournemouth, England, on […]


Rochester Philharmonic mixes microbrews and music

Happy hour took on a new meaning for the players of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra recently. In collaboration with the Rochester Young Professionals Network, the group performed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in an event dubbed “Beethoven and Brews.” Ward Stare, 2011 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance award winner, led the performance. Stare’s been at the helm […]