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Former Philharmonic candidate Chen gets Memphis Symphony Orchestra gig

Mei-Ann Chen, the final candidate to audition for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra‘s music director job, has been named music director of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Chen was one of the favorites for the Philharmonic post after her March 2009 audition. … Continue reading

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New conductor will be announced Friday night

The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra will announce its choice for its new music director at Friday night’s concert, bringing to a close a two-year search for the successor to George Zack. “This is the way we always wanted to make the … Continue reading

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Second candidate withdraws from Philharmonic search

Mei-Ann Chen, a popular contender to succeed George Zack as music director of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, has withdrawn from the race. Philharmonic executive director Peter Kucirko said that Chen sent an e-mail to him and the search committee Tuesday … Continue reading

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Philharmonic search: What have we learned?

Here’s our slide show of the candidates in the Lexington Philharmonic’s music director search. Mouse over the bottom to get controls. Click on the little comment cloud to the left to activate captions. If you click on a photo, it … Continue reading

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Alastair Willis withdraws from Philharmonic conductor search

The most recent candidate to audition for music director of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra has withdrawn his name from consideration. Alastair Willis, a Seattle-based conductor who was raised in Russia and England, conducted the Philharmonic on Feb. 13. He was … Continue reading

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Alastair Willis: this charming man

Alastair Willis looked at the group assembled in the Presidents Room of the Singletary Center for the Arts, and for a moment, he looked like he might have no idea what to say to the people. Then, pre-concert chat moderator … Continue reading

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Live this Weekend: Conductor Alastair Willis

Click the play button to hear our chat with Alastair Willis: [podcast]http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/files/2009/02/090212philwillis-podcast.mp3[/podcast] Copious Notes podcasts are available on iTunes. Alastair Willis’ résumé reads like a world tour. He started playing piano when he was a boy in Russia, took up … Continue reading

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Philharmonic string players stand and deliver

When Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra fans are settled into their seats Friday night, they’ll find that the musicians aren’t. The violins and violas, at least, will be standing, poised to dance and maybe throw down a few punches — musically, that … Continue reading

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Discovering Golijov a matter of trust

Note: I’ll be Twittering the Grammy Awards tonight, using the hashtag #grammys, if you want to join in the chat. Discovering new music is often a matter of trust, particularly if you are interested in exploring something like contemporary classical … Continue reading

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