The 64-year-old American conductor has offered to extend his present contract with the festival for another year, which will keep him in his post through the 2015 summer season, for a total of 11 years as its fourth music director, Ravinia was scheduled to announce Tuesday.
“Everything has its time, and after 11 years I feel it is the moment to pass on this responsibility,” Conlon said in a statement. “This has been a difficult decision. The work at Ravinia is very meaningful to me, and the Chicago Symphony is a supreme orchestra.”
James Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra celebrated the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth at the Ravinia Festival with an in-concert performance of Salome featuring Patricia Racette in her first performance of the title role.
“James Conlon led a stunning account of the score, notable for a sensitive delivery of Strauss’s clever aural evocations of everything from sly Egyptians, to bombastic Romans and chilling desert winds. Particularly admirable was the crisp clarity of specific instrumental contributions: the tense, squawking strings before Jochanaan’s beheading, and the consistently excellent work from the percussion section were practically worth the price of admission.”
James Conlon to deliver keynote address on “The Oblique Censor: Contemporary Challenges in Programming Lesser-Known Works” at the Colburn School’s Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices international symposium on Saturday, August 9, 2014.
Major scholars from the United States and Europe will participate in the Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices’s two-day public conference featuring musical performances.
To register, visit http://www.colburnschool.edu/zieringconlonsymposium.