New MV Philharmonic executive director Richard Aldag says the organization’s 19th season of bringing free concerts of orchestral music to the community will feature three prominent guest conductors for the season, all of whom are candidates to become artistic director and join Aldag, the former executive director at the Napa Valley Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and Lincoln Theater Napa Valley, in filling part of Cohen’s role.
Paul Phillips, the director of orchestral studies and associate professor of music at Stanford University, begins the series
Phillips will be followed by Dana Sadava, the artistic director of Pasadena Opera, among myriad other roles, in March, followed by Alexander Kahn, associate professor of music and director of orchestral activities at Sonoma State University, where he directs the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra, in May.
Based on input from the musicians and audience members, MVP will then select one of them as its next permanent artistic director/conductor.
The mission of MVP is “to enrich the cultural life of the Bay Area by offering free orchestral programs to people of all ages and means in their own communities,” according to the organization’s website. “As an organization, MVP believes that music is a vital part of individual and community life. Whether participating as a player or as a listener, music engages our imaginative powers, awakens our aesthetic sensibilities, and inspires our creative expression.”
Here are the details for the 2018-19 season (all shows are at the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church on Sycamore Avenue in Mill Valley):
Wednesday, November 7 at 7pm
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7pm
Dana Sadava, Conductor
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7pm
Alexander Kahn, Conductor
Carl Maria von Weber – Overture to Der Freischütz
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto for Flute & Orchestra in G Major, K. 313
Antonin Dvořak – Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70