Lake Forest Symphony Announces Five Music Director Candidates

         The Lake Forest Symphony is pleased to announce five guest conductors, Vladimir Kulenovic Russell GerAndrés FrancoStilian Kirov, and Jacomo Rafael Bairos, who are candidates for the position of Music Director. Each will lead a pair of classical subscription concerts in 2013-2014.  Following a two month international search process, this announcement is accompanied by great excitement and anticipation. 

                Maestro Heatherington’s final performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection,” this past weekend were lauded by the Chicago Classical Review’s Tim Christiansen as “intense and spellbinding,” and were a fitting conclusion to his 13 years as music director.  Maestro Heatherington has been awarded the title “Music Director Emeritus” by the LFS Board of Directors.

                The Lake Forest Symphony search committee is comprised of ten people: three LFS musicians elected by their peers (David Katz, Michael Buckwalter and Bob Barris), three LFS Board members (Committee Chair Richard Morehead, Ray Frick and George Speros) and three community leaders (Joanna Rolek, Tom Tropp and LFS Guild Co-President Betty Benton), as well as LFS Executive Director Susan Lape.  Henry Fogel, Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and former president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and the League of American Orchestras, serves as consultant to the search process. 

              Henry Fogel commented that the search committee “has gone about its work with a wonderful seriousness of purpose. Its composition assures a wide range of perspectives, which is extraordinarily healthy. I have enjoyed working with this committee immensely, and look forward to a wonderful result when the process concludes.”

                Richard Morehead said that the committee “benefitted greatly from the experience and approach of Henry Fogel, whose thorough and efficient method of evaluation involved paper applications, video submissions and interviews via Skype. We are all delighted with the guest conductors selected and look forward to a great season ahead.” 

              Each candidate will conduct one concert pair (and all requisite rehearsals) next year, in addition to attending a donor dinner, a Lake Forest Symphony Guild tea, pre-concert lectures and post-concert receptions.  All five conductors have been asked to program one 15-20 minute work of their choosing which complements the major works and guest artist performances which were announced earlier this year. 

              Executive Director Susan Lape said, “We were especially impressed by the candidates’ breadth of experience and willingness to reach out to new audiences. While we do not require the candidates to live in the area full-time, our new Music Director will be expected to be physically present for at least 10 weeks each year. We are looking for the right leader to help chart the future of our Symphony, and we are fortunate to have some truly world-class options.”   

               In an effort to select the conductor who is the best fit on and off the podium, the LFS Search Committee will include surveys taken from orchestra members and symphony patrons. The next Lake Forest Symphony Music Director will be announced at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 Season.

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