The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has announced the five finalist candidates for the position of Music Director who will lead the orchestra starting in fall, 2016. They are: Donato Cabrera, Sarah Ioannides, Kelly Kuo, Daniel Meyer, and Eckart Preu. The position of Music Director of the CCO has only been held by four conductors in the past 41 years: Paul Nadler (1974-1984), Gerhard Samuel (1984-1991), Keith Lockhart (1992-2000), and Mischa Santora (2001-2014).
“We at the CCO were both humbled and flattered to receive nearly 200 applications from three continents for the position of Music Director,” said search committee chair and Board Vice President Wes Needham. “The committee has spent over six months in its review, and has had the pleasure of getting to know many talented candidates. The CCO has a long history of excellence in artistic leadership, and we have labored enthusiastically to find a passionate, vibrant leader to continue our tradition of world-class chamber music. We are excited to arrive at this stage in our process, and announce the five finalists for the next Music Director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.”
Sarah Ioannides will be familiar to Cincinnati audiences, since she is a former assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and former Music Director of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra (2002-2004).
“I am thrilled to return to Cincinnati and feel very honored to be selected as a finalist in the Chamber Orchestra’s search for a new Music Director,” said Ms. Ioannides. “Cincinnati has remained in my heart since I left the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s conducting staff and took the reins of my own orchestras. I am excited about the possibilities ahead for Summermusik and look forward to creating a very special, exciting and memorable evening with the orchestra next summer!”
Ms. Ioannides will guest conduct the CCO at her audition concert that will take place August 27, 2016.
Music Director Sarah Ioannides’ inaugural 2014-2015 Season raised both the Tacoma Symphony’s visibility and service revenue to its highest level in years. Bold programs with top tier soloists—including a world premiere performance with percussionist Evelyn Glennie and a memorable engagement with violinist Vadim Gluzman—revitalized both the audience and the ensemble. Attendance at the Classics series climbed by more than 18% with all four Classics concerts selling out. November’s performance, featuring young pianist Charlie Albright in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, experienced such strong advance ticket sales that TSO management shifted it from the Rialto Theater to Tacoma’s larger Pantages Theater, which then went on to sell out!
The audience reflected back this excitement with such comments as: “You have definitely made the right choice in a music director!” “I will remember tonight for the rest of my life!” “Sarah was beyond my greatest hope!” And, “That was the BEST concert I have ever been to.” Unexpected elements at concerts—performers stationed throughout the hall during Pines of Rome; a “surprise” appearance by the Tacoma Symphony Chorus during Sibelius’ Finlandia; Hubble images projected during The Planets—are generating buzz and changing perceptions about the concert experience. As The News Tribune noted, “Ioannides’ five-year term promises good things for the city.”
After 10 seasons with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director and Conductor Sarah Ioannides announces her departure at the end of the 2016-2017 season.
“Spartanburg is, and always will be, an important and very special part of my life – not only for me but for my family as well. The last ten years have been musically inspiring. I am so very proud of the orchestra and everything we have accomplished,” Ioannides said. “I firmly believe the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will continue to be successful, long into the future, standing strong as one of the premier musical establishments in the region.”
“She is a remarkable artist who brings unmatched passion and generosity to her work. Though I will truly miss our partnership, I know I can look forward to celebrating her future accomplishments” said SPO Executive Director, Kathryn Boucher.
“Spartanburg has been very fortunate to have a young rising star like Sarah at the artistic helm of the SPO since 2005. In partnership with orchestra musicians she has raised the artistic level and reputation of the SPO both locally and nationally,” said Music Foundation Board President Ray Dunleavy.