THUNDER BAY, ON - April 23, 2010 - Through the magic of Photoshop I have been able to place Arthur Post at to-day’s TBSO press announcement. At the moment the busy conductor is making his way to Barcelona where he will spend the summer conducting the summer opera season. To day the TBSO announced Arthur Post as the Artistic Director who will lead the symphony orchestra in the coming years.
The new artistic director will inherit a first rate symphony orchestra, and Arthur Post is eager to get to work with the TBSO. The search for a new Artistic Director lasted eighteen months. In total 72 internationally qualified candidates applied for the position. The short list consisted of 8 candidates all of whom directed two concerts in different setting throughout the pas two seasons. The eight candidates were first class musicians, but the orchestra favoured Post because he is an innovator, and has a proven record of improving audiences where-ever he conducts.
The best support the public can give a symphony orchestra is the kind that warms up the seats in the “best concert hall in Canada”.
During his working visit to the city this year Post commented that the musicians of the TBSO “play magnificently” and that he had never worked with such a nice group of hard working people. He is “indebted to his predecessor (Geoffry Moull) for creating an enriched music culture within the orchestra, and he looks forward to coming to Thunder Bay to begin growing our audience.
TBSO Board President Paul Inksetter says “We have found the right music director at the right time.” “In addition to being an accomplished conductor, Arthur is a proven leader and innovator”, Inksetter went on to say “He has a strong track record of combining music with community service through education, outreach and building new audiences. These attributes are key to fulfilling the TBSO’s mission. We welcome Arthur as a new dynamic leader who will play an important role in ensuring the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra’s growth.
Interim General Manager Clint Kushak said, “Arthur stood out as having the experience, depth of musicality, chemistry and integrity we were seeking.” “He commands the respect of the musicians and brings to the stage the high quality performances that our community deserves.”
The naming of the new director comes as the orchestra is preparing for its 50th season in Thunder Bay. The new brochure titled “listen to the future “ creatively displays some of the children of orchestra members posed around orchestral instruments.
Krystyna Cappello, Marketing and Publicity manager for the orchestra outlined the season for 2010-11. There will be 22 subscription concerts plus four special concerts. We listen to guest artists such as Anton Kuerti, (pianist) Jonathan Crow, violin as well as our own principal cellist Marc Palmquist. The masterworks series will feature Beethoven’s marvelous 9th Symphony, a massive undertaking for any orchestra.
The Confederation College Cabaret series at the Italian Cultural Centre will continue to feature other local musicians with the TBSO. Subscribers to this series can look forward to hearing the Kam Valley Fiddlers share the stage with the orchestra.
St. Paul’s Church will once again be the setting for the Messiah. If you enjoyed the performance on the first night you can come back for the sing-a-long version on the second night!
Another special concert is for fans of the Beatles. The January concert of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band with Arthur Post conducting will play some of the most influential pop music of all time.
It turns out that orchestra violinist Nick Ross is also a gifted trumpeter. His fanfare brought the press conference to order. His participation in the press conference is typical of the members of the orchestra, who are all actively interested in the success of the TBSO. The long selection process for a new music director is one of the most important tasks that the Board has had to undertake. So much of the future direction of the orchestra will depend on the choice that they have made for a new director. Members of the orchestra were consulted as part of the review process. Clearly the new director will need to be a team player as well as a great musician.
Perhaps the beginning of things to come can be seen with the special subscription offer to new subscribers. If you have never purchased a season’s subscription within the past three years and you chose to purchase Masterworks, Cabaret, Pops Series or Classic Plus Series season subscription, then you will receive a second subscription to the same series for free. This is a great offer and you will be able to share the fine music of the TBSO with a friend. For more information call the box office at 807-684-4444.
Arts Editor: LakeSuperiorNews.com