The Eugene Symphony has released the names of three finalists to replace Danail Rachev as music director. Each will conduct a regular subscription concert in the coming season, which kicks off September 22 with a concert under the baton of Rachev himself.
They include two men and a woman — and two U.S. conductors and a Canadian.
Here are the three, with information from the symphony’s announcement.
Concert date: December 8, 2016
Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
Korngold: Violin Concerto (Elena Urioste, violin)
Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version)
Dukas: The Sorceror’s Apprentice
Recognized for her energy, precision and versatility, Dina Gilbert brings great passion to the orchestral repertoire, and is also dedicated to conducting new commissions and works by Canadian composers. A native of Québec, she is the assistant conductor at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal since April 2013. In addition to frequently conducting rehearsals with the OSM, Gilbert leads the orchestra in many concerts, including main series subscription events, youth concerts and the annual OSM in the Parks concerts. Gilbert is also the founder and artistic director of Ensemble Arkea, a Montreal-based professional chamber orchestra that presents innovative interpretations of orchestral music. In 2012 she made her debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. In February 2014, she conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Germany) as one of the selected participants in the prestigious Sir Georg Solti International Conductors’ Competition. She has collaborated many times with young Canadian composers, premiering more than 30 works and has also conducted many studio recordings for films and video games soundtracks. More at www.dinagilbert.com.
Concert date: January 26, 2017
Mozart: Overture to Don Giovanni
Barber: Piano Concerto (Andrew von Oeyen, piano)
Brahms: Symphony No. 1
Artist bio: Ryan McAdams, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, received his M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from The Juilliard School in 2006, and a B.M. in Piano Performance from Indiana University in 2004. He is quickly establishing himself as a prized symphonic, operatic, and contemporary music conductor. In February 2010, he made a highly successful subscription European debut with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence and led the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with soloists Julian Rachlin and Mischa Maisky, in September 2010. His subscription debut with the Israel Philharmonic, replacing an indisposed Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, was hailed as “extraordinary,” “masterful,” and “immense[ly] dramatic” by the Jerusalem Post; a live recording of the concert was released by the IPO on the Helicon Classics label. He has returned to the Israel Philharmonic twice since, most recently in a run of performances featuring concerti with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and Orff’s Carmina Burana. A Fulbright scholar, he previously served as Apprentice Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, assisting then-Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert. McAdams is the first-ever recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award. More at www.ryan-mcadams.com.
Concert date: March 16, 2017
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 with Kuok-Wai Lio
Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier (1945 version)
American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong, a native of Boulder, Colorado, has worked with orchestras around the world including engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He currently holds the positions of Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Lecce-Chong served as Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Grand Teton Music Festival. Lecce-Chong holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in piano and orchestral conducting graduate from the Mannes College of Music, and a diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied as a Martin and Sarah Taylor Fellow with Otto-Werner Mueller. More at www.lecce-chong.com.