Music Director of the Portland Symphony Renews Contract

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Conductor Eckart Preu Preu’s preliminary three-year contract with the Portland Symphony started when he was introduced in to switch Robert Moody. Nonetheless, the overwhelming majority of his time with the orchestra up to now has been profoundly affected by pandemic restrictions.

The contract renewal, which affords Preu a number of extra seasons on the helm, will enable him to discover a higher vary of repertoire, with extra certainty that concert events will be capable to go forward as deliberate.

“The primary three years had been not likely what anybody had imagined,” Preu informed the Portland Press Herald. “Hopefully, normalcy will kick in in some unspecified time in the future. I believe everyone seems to be trying ahead to an actual recent begin, with a full orchestra, and hopefully a full corridor.”

Alongside the announcement about his renewal, Preu additionally launched particulars concerning the PSO’s upcoming season. The choice of works traverses a broad vary of composers and historic settings, with up to date composers (together with BIPOC and ladies composers) paired with extra normal canonical works.

“What I need to keep away from is folks considering, ‘Oh, he’s a German conductor, that should be his consolation degree,'” Preu mentioned. “I need to create a season that cuts throughout types, throughout centuries, and contains items we don’t know.”

Born in East Germany and a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik Weimar, Eckart Preu can be presently the Music Director of the Lengthy Seaside Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He has beforehand held positions on the Spokane Symphony, the Stamford Symphony, and the Orchestre Worldwide de Paris.


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