Friday, October 12, 2012

Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's Michael Butterman in final six for Charleston Symphony Orchestra Music Director post

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110106_phil0131, a photo by BoulderPhil on Flickr.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra announced yesterday that the Music Director Search Committee has narrowed down the list of 100-plus candidates to the final six, says the Charleston City Paper.

Among the six is Michael Butterman.

The City Paper noted that Butterman serves as music director for both the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra as well as principal conductor for education and outreach for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also resident conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

Charleston is the fastest-growing municipality in South Carolina, says Wikipedia. The city's metropolitan area population was 664,607 in the 2010 census and the 75th-largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States. Shreveport's MSA rank is 129 with about 400,000 people.

In 2011, Charleston was named #1 U.S. City by Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards and #2 Best City in the U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards. In 2011, Travel and Leisure Magazine named Charleston "America's Sexiest City", as well as "America's Most Friendly." Subsequently, Southern Living Magazine named Charleston "the most polite and hospitable city in America."

Charleston annually hosts Spoleto Festival USA. It is one of America's best-known performing arts festivals.

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