Mario Venzago out as music director of Indianapolis Symphony
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced today that it will not be renewing its contract with Music Director Mario Venzago. The contract ends on Aug. 31, 2009. The search for a new Music Director will begin immediately and Venzago’s concerts in the Lilly Classical Series for the 2009-2010 season will be filled by other conductors.
Since joining the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 2002, Mario Venzago has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and broadened the range of styles to include large romantic works and contemporary pieces. In his seven seasons, he has received critical acclaim for his interpretations of Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven symphonies; collaborations with local performance groups such as the Indianapolis Opera and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir; and presentations of world premiere commissions such as composer Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto in February of this year.
“Mario has brought tremendous artistic success to the ISO during the past seven years,” said Simon Crookall, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “His partnership with the orchestra and his enthusiasm on the podium has delighted and entertained audiences. We are thankful to Mario for giving us many great memories, especially this season’s extraordinary production of Wagner’s Das Rheingold with the Indianapolis Opera.”
Maestro Venzago has been invited to return to Indianapolis to conduct a final concert in the 2009-2010 season. When details are confirmed, an announcement will be made.
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