In Friday’s (9/11) Bangor Daily News (Maine), Emily Burnham writes, “Over the course of 114 years of great music, the Bangor Symphony Orchestra has had just nine music directors, from the first conductor, Horace Mann Pullen, who led the BSO from 1896 until 1920, to Xiao-Lu Li, who resigned last October after six years with the organization. For the 2009-2010 season, the BSO will audition five conductors from all over the world for the position of music director, to replace Li. The BSO announced its picks for finalists Thursday morning at the Collins Center for the Arts on the University of Maine campus in Orono. They are Lucas Richman, music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee and a guest conductor during the 2008-2009 season; David Amado, music director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra; Robert Franz, music director of the Boise Philharmonic of Idaho and associate conductor of the Houston Symphony; Michael Butterman, music director for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra of Louisiana; and David Itkin, conductor of the Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra.” The orchestra received almost 200 applications for the position, according to Joyce Clark-Sarnacki, chair of the search committee. “Sarnacki said that a new director would be chosen at the end of the BSO season in May 2010.”

Posted September 14, 2009