Texas’s Amarillo Symphony Appoints New Music Director

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The Texas-based Amarillo Symphony lately named British conductor George Jackson as its eighteenth Music Director. He replaces outgoing conductor Jacomo Bairos and was appointed by a panel comprised of board members, musicians, and neighborhood representatives.

Jackson is a up to date music specialist and has labored extensively with the French group Ensemble Intercontemporain. With Jackson on the helm, the group gave three European performances of Steve Reich’s piece Reich/Richter, and produced a world premiere recording of the work.

Jackson is equally at residence with operatic repertoire and has led productions of Hänsel und Gretel and The Excursions of Mr Brouček (Grange Park Opera), Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park), and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Theater an der Wien).

He has been an energetic participant on the Aspen Music Competition, the place he acquired the Aspen Conducting Prize in 2015, in addition to the Lucerne Competition.

A few of Jackson’s current engagements embrace performances with the Orchestre de Paris, RTÉ Nationwide Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Up to date Music Group, Opéra Orchestre nationwide Montpellier Occitanie, and the orchestra of Opéra de Rouen.

“After I first carried out the Amarillo Symphony earlier this yr, I knew instantly that this was a really particular orchestra,” mentioned Jackson. “I used to be impressed by their distinctive curiosity and starvation of their music-making and the probabilities supplied by the excellent Globe-Information Heart. It excites me how significantly the neighborhood of Amarillo takes its orchestra, and I’m humbled to have been entrusted with the subsequent chapter, notably in celebrating the Symphony’s centenary subsequent season. I’m extremely fortunate to discover a new musical household to name residence and look ahead to many blissful years forward.”

“We had been impressed with how George impressed our musicians and made his concert events a very particular expertise,” mentioned Jeff Sales space, the Head of the orchestra’s Music Director Search Committee.