Colorado Symphony May Have Hired New York Conductor

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 12:39 PM

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra sent out an e-mail invitation Wednesday for a June 25 event in which the media was "cordially invited to meet the new artistic leadership of the orchestra."

No names were printed. That is, unless you happened to glance at the subject line of the e-mail which read: "You are invited to the Andrew Litton press conference."

It would appear that someone at the orchestra mistakenly let the information slip out about Litton, a native New Yorker and a recent guest conductor with the Colorado Symphony.

When asked to confirm Litton's appointment, an orchestra spokesman declined to comment. "Information was inadvertently included on a press conference email, of which I am unable to confirm at this time due to unfinalized details," she wrote in an e-mail.

Litton has been the music director of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway since 2003 and served as music director of the Dallas Symphony from 1994 to 2006. A graduate of the Fieldston School on the Upper West Side, Litton received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard in piano and conducting.

The Denver Post has further details.

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andrew litton from New York

You're right that the day of the podium autocrat is long gone. There is no doubt that these past tyrants of the podium produced some searing and unforgettable performances. However, my impression is that the general level of musicianship among orchestras of all budgets is far higher today under the regime of collegiality than it was under autocracy. Conservatories deserve credit, too.

A correction on your blog about my Colorado Symphony appointment: I'm conducting 4 weeks (not 2) in the first season and a minimum of 6 weeks in each of the following two seasons (each season has a total of 16 classical subscription weeks). I believe you'll be hearing good music news from the Rockies. For a start, we're one of the very few orchestras closing the current season in the black.

Walter Daum is right. I attended both ECS Midtown (where my kindergarten teacher suggested I start piano lessons) and Fieldston (where I started my career as Music Director of the student Fieldston Musical Comedy Society). I owe a lot to the Schools.

Jun. 27 2012 06:09 PM

Perhaps someone in the CSO's publicity department was suffering from a Rocky Mountain High at the time of the faux pas.

Jun. 14 2012 07:10 PM
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@Walter - thanks for your comments. In fact, there are different branches of the school. One is at 33 Central Park West in Manhattan; another is in The Bronx as you rightly note.

Jun. 14 2012 06:28 PM
Walter Daum from Manhattan

Just for the record, the Fieldston School is not on the Upper West Side; Juilliard is. Fieldston is in the Bronx.

Jun. 14 2012 04:41 PM

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