In Thursday’s (6/25) Saginaw News (Michigan), Sue White writes, “The Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra’s state-of-the-symphony address delivered beautiful music to the ears of its supporters Wednesday during its annual meeting at the Temple Theatre.” Executive Director Dan McGee noted that the sudden death of Music Director Patrick Flynn was a struggle, as was the economic downturn, but that the orchestra finished the season with balanced financial books. “And McGee says the next season includes an ‘outstanding’ trio of finalists in the orchestra’s search for a director. Steven Jarvi, assistant conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, will pick up the baton Saturday, Oct. 24; Brett Mitchell, the assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony and Orchestre National de France, on Saturday, Feb. 13, and Piotr Gajewski, conductor of the National Philharmonic in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, March 27. … On the financial front, McGee said, the orchestra has scrambled to replace some larger sponsors and to cut back on expenses. Already, he said, new season subscriptions are selling faster than last year, though renewals are slow. But then, he added, the season brochure only recently was completed and made available at Wednesday’s meeting, which could account for the delays.”

Photo of music director candidate Steven Jarvi courtesy of the Saginaw Bay Symphony