The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has selected five finalists to audition to be the next leader of the 32-member ensemble. They are: Donato Cabrera, Sarah Ioannides, Kelly Kuo, Daniel Meyer, and Eckart Preu.
The finalists were winnowed from a field of 200 applicants from three continents during a six-month review, said search committee chair and board vice president Wes Needham.
Each candidate will conduct an audition concert, and the audience will be invited to provide feedback on his or her performance. The first candidate will be the orchestra’s interim music director, Kuo, who will audition on Sept. 3 as part of this season’s Summermusik festival. The other four candidates will each have an audition concert during Summermusik 2016.