“The Hartford Symphony is looking for a new music director. Interested?” asks Jeffrey Johnson in Sunday’s (10/8) Hartford Courant (Connecticut). “It may be too late for you to apply, but it is not too late for you to participate in this critically important process by hearing each of the seven finalists conduct the Hartford Symphony. When music director Edward Cumming announced last January that he will step aside in May 2011, a process was set in motion that identified seven conductors, each of whom will conduct the Hartford Symphony in a complete program. Four of the finalists will conduct this season, and three will be heard in the 2010-2011 season. … Kristen Phillips, executive director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, is promoting a blog created for this search (hsomusicdirectorsearch.wordpress.com). … The blog includes an audience feedback feature. This is an opportunity to debate and consider each candidate; these conversations could be of great value in arriving at a public consensus. Phillips is willing to be contacted directly by audience members at kphillips@ hartfordsymphony.org.” The first candidate, Constantine Kitsopoulos, “conducts the HSO and Hartford Chorale in the ‘German Requiem’ by Brahms Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.”

Posted November 12, 2009