In Thursday’s (9/18) Huffington Post, composer Daniel Asia writes, “Many major orchestras are now under the control and directorship of the new generation,” including Gustavo Dudamel (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Philadelphia Orchestra), Ludovic Morlot (Seattle Symphony), and Andris Nelsons (Boston Symphony Orchestra). “There is another newbie … and that would be Tito Muñoz, who is beginning his first season in a few days with the Phoenix Symphony. Tito, New York born and bred, comes to the Southwest to start his first state-side directorial position.… He is smart, precocious, full of energy, well-spoken, and ready to hit the road running.… I know the orchestra pretty well having been its composer-in-residence in the early nineties… The orchestra is a good one, with a strong sense of the lyrical line and a historically full and rich string sound.… As I wish Tito well in his first season, and hope that he and the Phoenix Symphony thrive, I hope that he will take as his example for the future the orchestras … [that] have championed and integrated the music of our time, and particularly that by Americans, into their programming. The orchestras play it great and audiences dig it.… Go to it, Tito!” Muñoz was took part in League of American Orchestras’ American Conductor Fellowship Program from 2007 to 2010.
Posted September 22, 2014