JoAnn Falletta joins the SSMF Guest Conductor Line Up - Sewanee Summer Music Festival
“Falletta conducted with a controlled frenzy worthy of Bernstein. Falletta has won conducting awards named for Toscanini, Walter and Stokowski. That seems appropriate as her podium work draws on the legacy of all three-Toscanini’s tight control over ensemble, Walter’s affectionate balancing of inner voices, and Stokowski’s gutsy showmanship.” - The Washington Post
Three things we want you to know about JoAnn Falletta:
- She inspires us! Described as a “leading force for the music of our time” (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers), Falletta serves as Music Director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. This is in addition to helping to build music audiences in her local community (Buffalo, New York) and guest conducting around the world.
- The development of young musicians is important to her.* Falletta is a strong advocate and mentor for young professional and student musicians, as demonstrated by her numerous conducting appearances at top conservatories and national summer programs: Curtis, Julliard, Mannes, Manhattan School, Interlochen, Round Top and Brevard, among others.
- You may have heard her conducting without realizing it. Falletta’s talent has not gone unnoticed. The maestro boasts an illustrious recording and broadcasting career. Naxos.com has multi-year recording agreements with the Virginia Symphony and the Ulster Orchestra and has released many recordings with orchestras led by Falletta. Her Naxos recordings have garnered nine Grammy nominations and won two Grammy awards and she’s been invited to appear on National Public Radio (NPR), the European Broadcasting Union, and PBS television. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. See her biography for more.
— Bonus: JoAnn Falletta is the current Naxos.com artist of the week.
Read more about JoAnn Falletta at joannfalletta.com.
See the full 2014 SSMF Conductor line up here.