Today the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) announced the appointment of conductor Edwin Outwater as Director of Summer Concerts. This is a newly created position that will encompass Outwater’s creative leadership of the annual Summer and the Symphony concerts held by SFS in Davies Symphony Hall and at selected Bay Area venues. Outwater was SFS Resident Conductor from 2001 to 2006 and Wattis Foundation Music Director of the SFS Youth Orchestra from 2001 to 2005. He is currently in his seventh season as Music Director of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada.
Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas released the following statement:
I am happy to welcome back Edwin Outwater into an official role with the San Francisco Symphony. He is one of the most innovative conductors on the scene today. The musicians of our orchestra always enjoy working with Edwin and I look forward to a new level of creativity in our summer programming.
Outwater said the following of his new appointment:
I am so honored to further my activities with the San Francisco Symphony in this new creative role. I hope that my conducting and programming here will add to the inspiring and visionary work that MTT and the orchestra have produced over the years. I'm excited to be a part of this incredible team.
This season’s Summer and the Symphony series will begin on July 5. Full details will be announced shortly. However, Outwater’s conducting duties will include the opening concert with jazz pianist Makoto Ozone as soloist in an exploration of the fusion of jazz and orchestral music in the works of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Maurice Ravel, the annual all-Beethoven concert with the Gryphon Trio providing solos for the Opus 56 triple concerto in C major, and pianist Simon Trpčeski performing in the annual all-Tchaikovsky concert.