James Gaffigan

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James Gaffigan

American Riffs and Rhapsodies

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Beyond the Score®: Things Our Fathers Loved

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A production of The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gerard McBurney, creative director


Featured work:
IVES: Symphony No. 2


James Gaffigan is Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. He was named a first prize winner at the 2004 Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition in Frankfurt. Equally at home in the opera house, he made his Vienna State Opera debut in 2011-12 conducting La bohème and has upcoming debuts with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Santa Fe Opera. He last conducted the SDSO in the 2013-14 season, leading the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos featuring Jahja Ling and Jessie Chang as piano soloists.


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Donna Bowersox

I hope Mr. Gaffigan is on your short list for consideration. He helped the orchestra expand their repertoire and their skill, introduced the audience to "new" music, the program itself brought in diverse attendees, and has operatic conducting skills as well. Enjoyed the performance (and I wasn't sure I would). Thank you.

Michael K

James Gaffigan really gets romanticism and a Bernstein-caliber sound out of the orchestra. In the post-talk Mr. Gaffigan mentioned his deep appreciation for the courag e of the soloists and they really came through big time. Gaffigan is an engaging speaker with awesome insights. I will never forget this performance. Truly heart warming music.