Wednesday (7/20) on Norwalk Patch (Connecticut), David Gurliacci reports on the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra: “It will be a bit like the ‘American Idol’ TV program at Norwalk Concert Hall on Monday night as the audience hears and then votes on each of three candidates for conductor and gives its opinions in forms that will be handed in to symphony officials by the end of the night. The results will be tallied and will be a part of the decision on which one to hire, said Emil Albanese, president of the orchestra’s board of governors. The public is invited—for free—to attend the try-outs in the hall at City Hall and help in the decisionmaking. … The event starts at 7 p.m. and will run roughly three hours, as each candidate is given a 15-minute public interview with the board and then conducts the orchestra for an estimated 45 minutes, Albanese said. All three will conduct the same two pieces of music: Strauss’ Overture to Die Fledermaus and Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio. … Albanese said he expects the board to offer the job to a candidate by the end of next week, and have the conductor/music director on the job by mid- to late August.”

Posted July 20, 2011