Monday (3/18) on the Alabama news site, Lawrence Specker writes, “Scott Speck, the longtime music director of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, has been named as the new artistic director for the Chicago Philharmonic, that organization has announced. Speck has been music director for Mobile’s symphony for more than a decade. The Mobile position hasn’t been exclusive: Speck also has had roles with the Joffrey Ballet and the West Michigan Symphony, in addition to numerous guest appearances for other organizations. Speck’s resume also includes co-author credits for ‘Classical Music for Dummies’ and ‘Opera for Dummies.’ Speck said that Mobile will continue to be home base for him. The amount of time he spends in Chicago will increase somewhat, he said, but not by a drastic amount. … ‘We couldn’t be more delighted that Scott will become our Artistic Director,’ Paul Judy, Chairman of the Chicago Philharmonic Society’s board of directors, was quoted as saying …. ‘He is an excellent conductor with a wide-ranging knowledge of repertoire, deep experience in programming, and a good sense of what will engage existing and new audiences. … According to Monday’s release, the Chicago Philharmonic’s upcoming season will feature five main-stage concerts, plus about fifty performances as the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet, plus a wide slate of additional activities.”

Posted March 19, 2013