In Friday’s (5/22) Washington Post, Mark J. Estren reports, “Christopher Zimmerman, whose well-thought-out program of Haydn, Sylvie Bodorová and Shostakovich earned him a standing ovation at his Fairfax Symphony Orchestra audition concert earlier this month, was named the FSO’s music director for the next three years by the orchestra’s Board of Directors last night. … Doing well all around will be a key to Zimmerman’s success. The FSO has an annual budget of $1.2 million, but gets less than $300,000 from ticket sales. The rest comes from Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County—and from individuals, corporations and private foundations. Effective fundraising is a must, and Zimmerman knows it. … Of course, effective music making is also a must. Marian Egge, who chaired the 11-member search committee, said the group wanted someone ‘who would make the Fairfax Symphony into a treasure that people would really want to go to—the crown jewel of the community in terms of the arts.’ ”

Posted May 22, 2009

Photo: Christopher Zimmerman conducts the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Credit: Barry Wheeler