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San Diego misses out on conductor

One of San Diego's guest conductors makes a splash in Birmingham

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla
Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla

Recall that time when Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla came to visit the San Diego Symphony and conducted Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring? She was maybe, possibly, a candidate to be the next music director in San Diego. Not any more.

Video:

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla...

...on conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

...on conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla is now the new music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and San Diego is but a sunny memory. Those who follow classical music will remember that this is the orchestra with which Simon Rattle became Sir Simon Rattle and then went on to be the music director of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Gražinyte-Tyla replaces Andris Nelsons at the CBSO. Nelsons went from Birmingham to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is one of the hottest conductors in the world and his name came up regarding the upcoming vacancy in Berlin. However, Nelsons is staying in Boston while taking over the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra simultaneously.

This is great news for San Diego and for the symphony. It confirms that the symphony leadership knows, without a shadow of a doubt, what they are doing.

It proves that the guest conductors coming to San Diego this season are worthy candidates on the world stage beyond the limited insights scraped from a bio in the program. This news also affirms the work Maestro Ling has done to build the orchestra and refine the sound season after season.

None of this is news to the symphony board, but I think it helps give fans of the San Diego Symphony some context as to the direction of excellence the orchestra is heading in.

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Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla
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Recall that time when Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla came to visit the San Diego Symphony and conducted Sibelius’s Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring? She was maybe, possibly, a candidate to be the next music director in San Diego. Not any more.

Video:

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla...

...on conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

...on conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla is now the new music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and San Diego is but a sunny memory. Those who follow classical music will remember that this is the orchestra with which Simon Rattle became Sir Simon Rattle and then went on to be the music director of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Gražinyte-Tyla replaces Andris Nelsons at the CBSO. Nelsons went from Birmingham to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He is one of the hottest conductors in the world and his name came up regarding the upcoming vacancy in Berlin. However, Nelsons is staying in Boston while taking over the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra simultaneously.

This is great news for San Diego and for the symphony. It confirms that the symphony leadership knows, without a shadow of a doubt, what they are doing.

It proves that the guest conductors coming to San Diego this season are worthy candidates on the world stage beyond the limited insights scraped from a bio in the program. This news also affirms the work Maestro Ling has done to build the orchestra and refine the sound season after season.

None of this is news to the symphony board, but I think it helps give fans of the San Diego Symphony some context as to the direction of excellence the orchestra is heading in.

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It remains to be seen whether all the conductors we will hear (or already heard) this season are of the same caliber (I believe we have another 2 or maybe 3 coming up and one of the past ones wasn't really) but you are right to point out that the Symphony leadership is at least looking in the right direction. The problem is that it is a two-way street and the SDS is hardly the only orchestra looking for a new musical director as the CBSO just demonstrated. If the intent is to ask some of these conductors to come back again in 2016-2017 before making a decision, chances are that the final list will be very short by then.

Feb. 5, 2016

You make a good point. New York Philharmonic also just hired Dallas' conductor so there will be some shuffle from that and Berlin is looking for a replacement when Sir Simon's contract ends.

Feb. 10, 2016

Berlin has already found their new director: Kirill Petrenko. But more interestingly for us, the rumor is that the top names considered for Dallas are Karina Canellakis, James Gaffigan and Joshua Weilerstein, two of which are also on the San Diego Symphony's list (Weilerstein is the next to appear here).

Feb. 11, 2016

For clarity, it would have helped to mention that the "Birmingham" mentioned herein referred to the one in England, aka United Kingdom. You had me scratching my head at how a place like Birmingham, Alabama could have a symphony orchestra that could draw such a promising candidate. BTW, there is also a Birmingham in Michigan.

For music insiders, that was probably a given. I'm a neophyte, having only gained an appreciation of classics in 1970. Whoops, that is almost a half-century ago, isn't it? I was young then, and now am generally regarded as elderly. So, maybe some elaboration on the location of Birmingham would have been in order.

Feb. 5, 2016

I also thought it was Birmingham, Alabama; and thought that was quite unusual.

Feb. 5, 2016

Yeah. Add me to the elders. I saw Birmingham and thought... "Alabama." "They have a symphony? lol....." But having earned a degree in history, I guess I (for shame) would associate Birmingham with our side-of-the-pond state of Alabama and its important role in the civil rights movement.

Whatever. Roll Tide.

Feb. 9, 2016

Sorry about the oversight. Never crossed my mind. I guess it would be like announcing the new conductor of the Naples Opera. Speaking of cities named after cities. Rome, Oregon takes the cake for me. It's one building in the desert next to the Nevada border. Eternal indeed.

Feb. 10, 2016

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