Three candidates vie to be Britt's next conductor

Britt has announced three finalists for the position of music director and conductor of the Classical Festival.

Each candidate will spend a week in residence with Britt next August and conduct two concerts with the Britt Orchestra.

The finalists are Teddy Abrams, Mei-Ann Chen and David Danzmayr.

The finalists were selected after a national search that included more than 130 applicants. They were chosen by a search committee that consists of Britt Orchestra members, Britt board and staff members, and community representatives.

Britt Executive Director Donna Briggs said in a prepared statement that the three candidates each bring "a fresh, energetic approach to music and artistic leadership, and we can't wait to welcome them next August."

Chen is the music director of the Memphis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta. She spent five years in Portland early in her career as music director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and assistant conductor of the Oregon Symphony.

Abrams is the resident conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest and assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. From 2008 to 2011, he was the conducting fellow and assistant conductor of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. He is also an accomplished clarinetist, pianist and composer who co-founded the Sixth Floor Trio.

Danzmayr is the music director of the Illinois Philharmonic in Chicago, and the music director designate of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he will take the helm next year. Originally from Austria, he also served for three years as assistant conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The 2013 Classical Festival concerts will run Aug. 2-18. All three candidates are currently working with Britt on programs and guest artists, and the full schedule will be announced Feb. 21.

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