In Sunday’s (3/14) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock), Eric E. Harrison writes, “The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will have a new music director when it opens its 2010-11 season the first weekend in October at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Music Hall. What the orchestra’s musicians, who will be working with him; its patrons and sponsors, who will support him; and its audiences, who will be watching him on the podium, still don’t know yet is that person’s name. … The search began after Music Director David Itkin announced in April 2008 that he had taken a teaching job at the University of North Texas in Denton and would be leaving the orchestra at the end of the 2009-10 season, after 16 years on the podium.” The 11-member search committee, “with Christina Littlejohn, who replaced Galen Wixson as executive director in June 2009, met March 4 and made a unanimous recommendation to the orchestra’s board of directors. The full board was to meet Thursday to vote on the recommendation and Littlejohn said last week she expected the board to go along.” The orchestra hopes to announce the new music director April 1. Readers can access the full article through the link above, but a subscription is required.

Posted March 16, 2010