In Wednesday’s (3/10) Oregonian (Portland), David Stabler reports, “Just to make sure he stays busy, Carlos Kalmar, music director of the Oregon Symphony, has added a second job—music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE (Spanish Radio/Television Orchestra) in Madrid. Charles Noble first reported the news on his blog. Kalmar will spend 12 weeks with the orchestra, beginning in September, 2011. That’s in addition to his 14 weeks with the Oregon Symphony, which won’t change, he said. His contract in Madrid is for five years. His new gig will bring him widespread publicity in Spain. The Orquesta Sinfonica is one of four orchestras in Madrid (!) and plays more than 20 subscription concerts a season, all of them televised and broadcast on the radio throughout the country, Kalmar said. … Leading two, even three orchestras is not unusual for conductors of international standing. James DePreist, [Kalmar’s] predecessor, held simultaneous posts in Portland and Malmo, Sweden, and then Monte Carlo. Still, Kalmar, who lives in Vienna, was anxious to reassure Portlanders that he is no less committed to them. … Kalmar is conducting 12 subscription concerts this season, not including three Beethoven concerts in May.”

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Posted March 11, 2010