In Sunday’s (7/19) Denver Post , Kyle MacMillan writes, “It’s impossible to prove definitively, but a strong case can be made that Colorado is the country’s best place during the summer—qualitatively and quantitatively—to see and hear conductors. Big names. Well-regarded specialists. Up-and-comers. One can find all of them at work somewhere in the state nearly every day. Just check the lineups of the state’s music festivals. At least 45 conductors are scheduled to visit Colorado this summer, an impressive number in itself, and most have national or international reputations.” Besides boasting David Zinman as music director and a yearly roster of top-flight guest conductors, the Aspen Music Festival is “home to the American Academy of Conducting, which brings 16-20 aspiring orchestra leaders to Aspen each summer for intensive coaching under Zinman and the festival’s visiting maestros.” MacMillan offers brief profiles of ten music directors and their contributions to the Colorado scene this summer, including Michael Christie, James Conlon, JoAnn Falletta, Alan Gilbert, Matthew Halls, Nicholas McGegan, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, and Scott Yoo.

Posted July 20, 2009