Chicago Philharmonic names new conductor

Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Scott Speck

Scott Speck has been named the new artistic director of the Chicago Philharmonic effective June 1. He succeeds Larry Rachleff, who will lead his final performance with the Philharmonic in May.

Speck is currently music director of the Joffrey Ballet, for which the Philharmonic plays, as well as the Mobile Symphony and West Michigan Symphony.

“I am honored to be chosen as artistic director of this superb organization,” said Speck, in a statement released by the orchestra. “As a partner in the Chicago Philharmonic’s musician-led association, I hope to build on its distinctive profile, fostering the intimate connection the musicians have with each other even while playing in a large symphonic setting.”

While not conducting, Speck will serve as master of ceremonies for the Chicago Philharmonic’s next concert April 21 at Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston. The Nordic program will feature music for strings by Grieg, Sibelius, and Svendsen.

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