Drawn from a pool of more than 250 applicants, each of the five contenders will guest conduct a Philharmonic performance during the 2010-2011 season, which will then culminate in Leighton Smith’s farewell concert.
The highly credentialed finalists are as follows:
Leif Bjaland, Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra
Shizuo Kuwahara, Music Director of Symphony Orchestra Augusta
Viswa Subbaraman, Founder and Artistic Director of Houston’s Opera Vista
Ward Stare, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
Kynan Johns, Director of Orchestra for Rutgers University
The new season, which will draw heavily upon the Romantic period, includes Masterworks Performances of works by Strauss, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Saint-Saens, Bruch, Liszt, Shostakovich, Bruckner and Tchaikovsky.
There will also be a Vanguard Performances series including works by Arvo Part and William Bolcom, Philharmonic Pops evenings devoted to the likes of Billy Joel and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and a Halloween season screening of Hitchcock’s Psycho with live accompaniment.
Looks for a feature on the Philharmonic in next week’s Indy.