Anu Tali Announces She Will Step Down as Music Director in 2019

Anu Tali Announces She Will Step Down as Music Director in 2019
October 25, 2017 – Anu Tali today announced that at the end of the 2018 / 2019 season,
following the completion of her current contract, she will step down as music director of the
Sarasota Orchestra to focus on her international career and guest conducting. She will have
served as Music Director for six seasons.
Tali’s accomplishments with the Sarasota Orchestra are noteworthy. Since joining the
organization in 2013, she has raised the artistic quality of the orchestra and conducted thrilling
performances that have earned rave reviews. She has attracted an extraordinary group of guest
artists from around the world, including the multi-Grammy Award-winning Estonian
Philharmonic Chamber Choir. She conducted the American premiere of Erkki-Sven
Tüür’s Strata and performed the debut performances in Florida of Heiner Goebbels’ Songs of
Wars I Have Seen.
“I am very grateful to have been provided the privilege and opportunity to work with my
incredible colleagues in the Sarasota Orchestra and to perform for the passionate audiences of
this very special community,” said Tali. “What an exceptional experience this has been. To see
full houses and the orchestra and community embracing a new artistic vision has been
gratifying. Our accomplishments have led me to think that 2019 is the right time for me to
begin the next chapter in my musical journey.”
“I look forward to sharing the magical moments on stage with everyone in the Sarasota and
Manatee community for two more seasons, and I remain an advocate of the Sarasota Orchestra
building a new concert hall,” said Tali.
Board Chair David Steves said, “Anu’s contributions to our orchestra and region have been
impressive. She energized audiences, advanced our orchestra artistically and provided the
foundation for the artistic case for a new concert hall. We respect her decision and are
appreciative for all she has done for the Sarasota Orchestra. We will cherish every moment of
the upcoming two seasons with Anu.”

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