Exit interview: Anu Tali, musical director of the Sarasota Orchestra leaving

This month marks the Sarasota Orchestra The last turn of the musical director Anu Tali at the head of the musicians of the orchestra before retiring to pursue her international career. (Fittingly, the Masterworks concerts she conducts on April 5, 6 and 7 feature Schoenberg Peace on earth and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony “Ode to Joy”.) The Estonian-born Tali joined the orchestra in 2013 and has hosted guest artists from around the world during her tenure, conducting Erkki’s US premiere -Sven Tüür Layers along the way.

What is your proudest achievement here?

“That I was successful in getting everyone to want and work for the same thing. You have to get people on your side to make a difference. We were able to accomplish so much together because of an agreement on things.

What is your fondest memory?

“I have a lot of them. My first arrival is something that I will wear for as long as I live, because the experience with the orchestra, the staff and the audience was so special. And the way the orchestra made me feel. supported when I needed it. ”

How has your stay here changed you as a person or a conductor?

“Hard to say, because we won’t know how I would have been different if I hadn’t been here. I hope I have grown up and become wiser. Traveling and living among people, being responsible for their artistic future, teaches a lot.

What do you think is the greatest strength of the Sarasota Orchestra?

“Willingness to grow, to change, to take risks to communicate music. Musicians are fearless and fun people.

Where would you like to see the orchestra go?

“The big potential is the next big step: our own concert hall. The lack of space for concerts and rehearsals but also for educational projects, a stage for a large symphony orchestra and for a larger audience is something that has held us back for far too long.

What plans do you have for your own future career?

“I will be the guest of conducting the whole world and I will visit the orchestras with which I have established an excellent relationship. My next step will develop from here, naturally, without forcing it.

Any advice for someone following you in this position?

“I’m sure the orchestra will choose wisely and I’m sure the next Music Director will grow up with this wonderful group of people. It will be different, as it should be, but another exciting time. My heart and my thoughts will be with them on this journey.

The orchestra’s 2019-20 season, which kicks off in November, will feature nine guest conductors, some of whom will be vying for the position of Music Director. Among them: Gerard Schwarz, JoAnn Falletta, Steven Sloane, Ludovic Morlot, Bramwell Tovey, Keith Lockhart, Teddy Abrams, Marcelo Lehninger and David Danzmayr.

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