Jeffrey Kahane to Succeed Marin Alsop as Music Director of Colorado Symphony
Friday, April 23, 2004
Rocky Mountain News [Denver] - 23 April 2004
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has selected Jeffrey Kahane as its new music director, according to a source close to the search process.
Orchestra officials declined comment Wednesday. The CSO will make its choice official Monday at Boettcher Concert Hall. But the Rocky Mountain News has learned that the 47-year-old Kahane will succeed Marin Alsop, who served 10 years in that post and who will remain as conductor laureate.
Kahane now serves as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Rosa (California) Symphony. His tenure with the former is currently scheduled to conclude in [2006 (with an option in his contract to extend for one more season)], while his directorship in Santa Rosa ends in 2006. He also is artistic director of the newly founded Green Music Festival in northern California.
A frequent visitor to the CSO podium, Kahane established himself as a pianist, winning prestigious competitions. He made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Kahane resides in Santa Rosa with his wife, Martha, and daughter, Annie. The couple's son, Gabriel, is [a pianist and composer in New York City].
No specifics were available on when Kahane's tenure will officially begin or his contract terms. Kahane will conduct the CSO next month. A program in May 2005 marks his only scheduled dates next season.
In addition to conducting concerts, the music director is involved in orchestra administrative operations (including hiring new players), as well as working closely with committees that select guest artists and repertory. The director also appears at fund-raising functions and other community-related events.
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