Feddeck conducts CSO with aplomb

James Feddeck / Harrison Parrott
(James Feddeck / Harrison Parrott)

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 success.

The Chicago Tribune called his direction an, “insightful understanding of the three stylistically disparate scores and a vigorous, but not ostentatious, manner of getting his ideas across to the players.”

Feddeck lead the CSO in Sergei Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto and Cesar Franck’s Les Eolides, which debuted in Chicago in 1895.

The Tribune’s John von Rhein laid high praise on Feddeck for his direction of the hour-long Rachmaninov symphony, saying he allowed “the lush melodies enough room to sing and sigh without bogging down the momentum to mawkish effect.”

Feddeck lead the CSO on Saturday, October 17 and Tuesday, October 20. He’ll round out the year with a debut at the Minnesota Orchestra in December. 2016 engagements include January performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Sacramento Philharmonic, followed by international appearances with Orchestre National de Lyon, Orquestra Sinfonica de Tenerife, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Deutsches-Symphonie Orchester Berlin.