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Another candidate comes to town

Rich Copley
Rich Copley

This week, we'll see Alfred Savia of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra in Indiana, the fifth and final candidate this season for music director of the Lexington Philharmonic. The two-year search will end next spring after another season with up to six auditions.

But it's not as if the four candidates we've already seen went home and are sitting by their phones, waiting for Lexington to call.

They've been busy conducting, announcing seasons, even trying out for other jobs. Here's a rundown of what's been up with them:

Kayoko Dan: In terms of media coverage of her activities, Dan, who auditioned in October, has been the quietest candidate. According to a short profile published in January in The ­Arizona Republic, Dan's primary duties as assistant conductor of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra have been leading school and ”People's Pops“ concerts.

Alexander Platt: The November guest conductor just signed a five-year contract extension with the Waukesha Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin that will take him through the 2012-13 season. We should note that in the orchestra conducting world, music directors often hold more than one post, and his new contract in Wisconsin in no way puts him out of the running for the Lexington job.

He is also in the running for the music directorship of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in Arizona, where on March 7 he conducted a program including Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 3, which he also conducted here. Platt also has continued his first season as principal conductor of the Boca Raton Symphonia.

Darryl One: Three other orchestras are considering One, who auditioned this season in Flagstaff; Midland, Mich.; and Beaumont, Texas. All of those orchestras are making decisions this spring. At his current post, One wraps up another season with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra in Texas in late April.

Daniel Meyer: The candidate who ­auditioned in February has been announced as a finalist for two music director posts in Virginia — Fairfax and Richmond — as well as in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He also is continuing his regular duties as music director of the Asheville Symphony in North Carolina and Erie Philharmonic in Pennsylvania and as resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Alfred Savia: This week, in Lexington, he'll conduct an all-orchestra concert of Giacchino Rossini's Semiramide Overture, Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

Earlier this month, Savia was back in an old stomping ground, conducting the ­Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He once was resident conductor of the New Orleans ­Symphony Orchestra.

We'll have more on Savia, as we have with the other conductor candidates, later this week at LexGo.com and in Friday's Weekender.

What's next for Lexington?

Meanwhile, what else is up with our conductor search?

The names of the remaining candidates will be revealed at an event before the April 25 season finale, featuring outgoing director George Zack conducting the Philharmonic and Lexington Singers in Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Zack's final concert will be Sept. 12, with violin soloist Aaron Rosand, and the program will feature Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. The rest of the season is expected to feature guest conductors, save for the annual performance of Handel's Messiah in December, to be conducted by Lexington Singers music director Jefferson Johnson. By this time next year, we should be close to knowing who will succeed Zack.

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