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New artistic leadership model coming for 2015-2016 season

Jun 05

NWS Staff

New artistic leadership model coming for 2015-2016 season

by NWS Staff

Dear friends,

We are writing to share with you news of significant change coming to Northwest Sinfonietta.

Christophe Chagnard, our co-founder and music director, will be stepping down next February after 24 seasons. He has been integral to building the orchestra into the acclaimed ensemble it is today, widely recognized for artistic excellence and a collaborative spirit. We will always be grateful for his vision and leadership and will proudly carry on his adventurous legacy.

Christophe’s time with Northwest Sinfonietta will end as it began, conducting an all-Mozart program. Northwest Sinfonietta came together in 1991 to celebrate the 200th birthday of Mozart with a program featuring the composer’s work. Christophe’s final performances with Northwest Sinfonietta will be “The Three Divas” concert programs on February 20-22.

Over the months ahead, we will be organizing special celebrations to honor him. If you would like to be involved in the planning, please contact us!

Northwest Sinfonietta will pursue even greater artistic collaboration in the years ahead. Our board of directors has chosen to transition to a new artistic leadership format led by an intentionally diverse group of artistic partners, beginning with our 25th anniversary season in 2015 – 2016.

Instead of a music director, we will engage a group of artistic partners. Similar to the leadership model of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Vienna Philharmonic, this model will create a way for our musicians to collaborate on multi-year programming with extraordinary artists who act as concert leaders.

In discussing this change in direction with Christophe, he reflected that “key to our music-making at the Sinfonietta has always been innovation. I applaud the board’s spirit of adventure in creating a new artistic leadership model which will keep pushing the orchestra's artistic boundaries.”

We are excited for this time of ambition and experimentation at Northwest Sinfonietta. We believe it will allow us to stretch artistically and bring audiences brilliant performances led by distinguished and experienced artistic partners.

The programming and content of our upcoming season will not change, and we will be hard at work with our musicians in the months ahead to begin transitioning leadership while preparing for our season that opens in October. We will share updates along the way and invite you to call on us with your questions.

In the meantime, please join us in applauding Christophe’s leadership and our 35 musicians for their commitment to offering audiences an intimate musical experience unmatched in the Northwest.

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David Wrench                                                          Neil Birnbaum
President, Board of Directors                         Executive Director


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