Monday, February 14, 2011

UPDATED 2/15: Maestro Leif Bjaland leaving Sarasota Orchestra

UPDATED 2/15: Bjaland story, with more details than blog post below, running on home-site and in today's Herald

Sarasota Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor Leif Bjaland announced today that next season will be his final with the organization. 

This 2011-12 season marks Bjaland's 15th with Sarasota Orchestra and final of his current three-year contract. 

"I have learned that personal growth often requires one to make changes and this belief has prompted me to embrace a new chapter in my life," he said in a signed letter issued by the Sarasota Orchestra.

The Sarasota Orchestra will begin its transition next season with a number of guest conductors, expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
“It has been a privilege to work with such exceptional musicians and our dedicated staff," Bjaland said. "Most of all, I cherish the friendships I have made in this community and special moments we have shared during concerts.”

A search committee will be selected by the Sarasota Orchestra Board of Directors in the coming months. One-third of the committee will be made up of musicians as defined by the collective bargaining agreement with the musicians union. 
“What (Bjaland) has accomplished here over the last decade and a half is nothing short of remarkable," said Sarasota Orchestra Board Chair Marsha Panuce in a statement. "The orchestra plays beautifully. I’m particularly pleased and grateful that (Bjaland) will play a role next season in maintaining high artistic standards and ensuring that the organization transitions smoothly to new leadership.”

Bjaland discussing "Masterworks Espana"


Ipanema23 said...

We have been season ticket holders since Maestro Bjaland took over. The Sarasota Orchestra has reached perfection under his leadership.
Maestro. You will be missed. At the same time we are curious as to where you will be conducting next and wish you continued success and happiness with your beloved music.
Sincerely, Nita and Edgard Wiklund

Wade Tatangelo said...

Please see update/link above for more info on Bjaland's future.

And, yes, he will be missed.