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Kuchar to leave Boulder post

Nov 23, 10:58 AM

From the Daily Camera:


Theodore Kuchar has announced that he will not seek an extension of his appointment as music director and principal conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.

His current contract with the Phil expires at the end of the 2005-06 subscription season.

In making the announcement Kuchar stressed that the demands of a growing career leave him with insufficient time to devote to the Boulder community.

“This is the primary motive for my decision,” he said.

BPO administrators are already at work on plans for a nationwide search for a new music director.

“An announcement of the opening will be posted immediately,” said BPO Executive Director Sue Levine. “And we are organizing a search committee that will include board and orchestra members and representatives from the community.”

Kuchar will serve as adviser to the search committee.

Levine hopes to see finalists for the position on the Phil podium during the 2005-06 season.

“We will be looking for someone to continue the tradition of musical excellence and the commitment to the Boulder community that has characterized Ted Kuchar’s tenure,” she said.

The goal is to have a new music director in place to open the 2006-07 Phil season.

“The Boulder Philharmonic appointment has been the longest chapter in my American career,” Kuchar said in commenting on his decision to leave the orchestra.

“This has been a deeply gratifying association, and I am terribly proud of the growth and progress we have made together.

“Today, the orchestra is in the best artistic and financial state it has been in during my decade-long tenure, and I have no doubt that that the organization will continue to thrive.”

Kuchar states that the BPO now enjoys the reputation of one of the country’s most respected regional, distinguished by its collaborations with such artists as Mstislav Rostropovich, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Jessye Norman and Frederica von Stade.

Kuchar has also introduced the Boulder audience to numerous large-scale by Russians Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev and Alfred Schnittke, Australia’s Peter Sculthorpe and America’s own Walter Piston.

BPO board president David Fulker praised Kuchar for what the Phil has achieved under his guidance.

“Ted will be remembered for stewarding one of the Boulder Philharmonic’s most significant periods of growth,” Fulker said.

“His decade of service leaves a legacy of unprecedented performance quality by this orchestra.”

In addition to his BPO commitment, Kuchar serves as music director of the Fresno (California) Philharmonic and Reno Chamber Orchestra, artistic director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music, resident conductor of Kent/Blossom Music at the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra, conductor laureate of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, where he held the post of artistic director 1992 to 2000, principal guest conductor of the Janacek Philharmonic in Ostrava, Czech Republic and artistic director of the newly established Nevada Chamber Music Festival in Reno.

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