Thursday, October 4 | Submitted by Courtney Wendel | Downtown Central
The second candidate auditioning to become the Springfield Symphony’s next music director/conductor, Darko Butorac, will lead the orchestra in performing big-name classical masterworks during his debut concert on October 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
Butorac, originally from Serbia, is one of six finalists for the Symphony’s music director/ conductor job. His concert will feature works by Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms and will spotlight the Symphony’s principal woodwinds and horn – Allison Storochuk (clarinet), Lisa Casey (horn), Jill Heyboer (flute) and John Atteberry (bassoon).
Butorac, a cello player turned conductor, conducted his first symphony piece when he was only 18. He believes that music has the power to positively affect listeners and that those positive effects can carry into their everyday lives, translating into the betterment of the community.
“When people come to the concert hall to hear a performance and something moves them, they take that energy back to wherever they are in the community,” Butorac said. “When people are inspired they are moved to perform better at whatever they do, as a result great art directly enhances the quality of living in a community.”
Audience members in attendance at the concert will receive a conductor evaluation sheet that will allow them to score the auditioning conductor on conducting technique, musicianship, leadership and more.
After the concert, the audience members’ scores will be averaged, and the audience score will be included in the auditioning conductor’s final, composite score. At the end of the season, the conductor with the highest overall score may be offered the podium.
The pieces that will be performed during the concert are Beethoven’s “Overture to Egmont,” Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante K.297b,” and Brahms’s “Symphony No. 2”
Tickets are currently on sale at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall box office, and can be purchased by calling 417-836-7678, or online at www.missouristatetix.com. Ticket prices range from $15 – $30, and discounts are available for students and seniors.
The concert is being sponsored by Creekside and the Manor at Elfindale, the Springfield Symphony Guild and Fast Frames Gallery.