LSO conductor finalists offer diverse resumes


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



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Blachly


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Crust

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Eads


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Foofat


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Jarvi


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Kalia


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Lopez-Yañez


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Sütterlin


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The Lima Symphony Orchestra plans to bring in eight different possible conductors to audition to replace Crafton Beck.

Concert Series:

Nadège Foofat: “Songs For Our New World” Oct. 12

Enrico Lopez-Yañez: “Fate’s Inferno” Nov. 16

Roger Kalia: “Bells, Brass and Bows” Dec. 12

Kevin Sütterlin: “Bring on the Bubbly” Dec. 31

Brian Eads: “Mozart by Candlelight” Jan. 25 and 26

Andrew Crust: “Mad Love” Feb. 8

Steven Jarvi: “A Pirate’s Life for Me” March 8

James Blachly: “Journey in Sound” April 18

Keep an eye out for an upcoming story looking behind the scenes at the Lima Symphony Orchestra selection committee and the full audition process in The Lima News.

LIMA — The Lima community will get the chance to ride along with the Lima Symphony Orchestra as it goes through the selection of its next conductor.

Marketing and Education Coordinator Sara Chongson said the orchestra and committee are excited about the diversity of its finalists.

“Diversity is incredibly important from every standpoint, and in this case diversity isn’t just about nationality but musical diversity and their experience,” she explained. “When you’ve got these people with varying sense of expertise, that’s shaping who they are. We wanted eight people to have very different resumes so it’s not the same person coming for all eight concerts, we want choices.”

Though their true resume will be represented in their selections at their respective performances, here is a little about each conductor:

Nadège Foofat

• Current position: Conductor, Nashville Symphony Orchestra

• Education: Doctorate of music, orchestral conducting, Université de Montréal

Foofat is a conductor, violinist and advocate who explores new musical ideas and has a passion for highlighting female composers. She made her conducting debut in 2018 with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Enrico Lopez-Yañez

• Current Position: Assistant Conductor, Nashville Symphony Orchestra

• Education: Masters in music, University of Maryland and UCLA

Lopez-Yañez is currently the assistant conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Symphonica Productions, LLC, an organization that designs educational, classical and pop concerts performed by orchestras across the country.

Roger Kalia

• Current position: Music Director, Orchestra Santa Monica

• Education: Doctorate in orchestral conducting, Indiana University

Kalia is a three-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and serves as co-founder and music director of the Lake George Music Festival in New York. He has been recognized by the orchestra community as one of America’s most exciting young conductors.

Kevin Sütterlin

• Current position: Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor, Instrumental Conducting at Concordia College

• Education: Doctorate in orchestral conducting, University of Memphis

Sütterlin and his colleagues at Concordia College took home an EMMY award in 2016 for their Christmas concert. He is also Co-Music Director of Sinfonietta Memphis, an ensemble that provides free concerts and educational experiences for the community. He has performed and taught in Austria, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States.

Brian Eads

• Current position: Conductor, “Les Misérables”

• Education: Doctorate in orchestral conducting, Indiana University

Eads is a also a pianist and opera coach and is currently conducting a national tour of “Les Misérables” and completing his doctorate. In 2014, he was awarded the Schmidt Conducting Fellowship with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with Arthur Fagen, David Effron, Cliff Colnot and Carl St. Clair.

Andrew Crust

• Current position: Assistant Conductor, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

• Education: Doctorate at University of Colorado Boulder

Crust worked frequently with the Memphis Youth Symphony and helped coordinate the educational program for concertgoers under 40 called “Symphony and Spirits.” His doctorate has a focus on Brahms’ performance practice and he made a French-to-English translation of Igor Markevitch’s analysis of Beethoven’s symphonies.

Steven Jarvi

• Current position: Interim Artistic Director of Charlottesville Orchestra

• Education: Master’s in orchestral conducting at Johns Hopkins University and Bachelor’s in music theory at University of Michigan

Jarvi was praised for his “uncommonly expressive and detailed” performances by the Miami Herald. He has worked and studied along side Kenneth Kiesler, Martin Katz, Jerry Blackstone and Gustav Meier.

James Blachly

• Education: Masters of music, orchestral conducting, from University of Illinois

• Previous positions: Music Director, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Experiential Orchestra, Geneva Light Opera

Blachly’s programming aims at making each performance for accessibility and engaging to his audiences. In his three seasons with Johnstown, season ticket sales increased by 43 percent. He is dedicated to music education and regularly conducts workshops and clinics for the New York Philharmonic and served as the Ensemble Director for Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program.

Blachly
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Crust
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Eads
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Foofat
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Jarvi
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Kalia
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Lopez-Yañez
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Sütterlin
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By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

Concert Series:

Nadège Foofat: “Songs For Our New World” Oct. 12

Enrico Lopez-Yañez: “Fate’s Inferno” Nov. 16

Roger Kalia: “Bells, Brass and Bows” Dec. 12

Kevin Sütterlin: “Bring on the Bubbly” Dec. 31

Brian Eads: “Mozart by Candlelight” Jan. 25 and 26

Andrew Crust: “Mad Love” Feb. 8

Steven Jarvi: “A Pirate’s Life for Me” March 8

James Blachly: “Journey in Sound” April 18

Keep an eye out for an upcoming story looking behind the scenes at the Lima Symphony Orchestra selection committee and the full audition process in The Lima News.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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