"At the conclusion, Patel also was called back repeatedly and, in a lovely touch of humility not often seen by conductors, indicated that the bountiful applause belonged to the instrumentalists. Wow!– a conductor who treats the players like the partners they really are. In reply, the orchestra gave their guest conductor its own brand of applause. You don't see that so often in concerts."
"Patel gave the work a vibrant dynamic breath that ranged from the startlingly quiet and emotional, to the bombastic and overwhelmingly forceful. While the performance was filled with details-both subtle and bold-that came as a surprise in an already surprising work, it was Patel's broad narrative continuity throughout that made the performance so compelling. Given Maestro Patel’s personal warmth and apparent genuineness, and the intelligent interpretations of the weekend’s performance, I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear more from him in the future."
Welcome to my website and thank you for visiting! While returning to one’s desk after the rejuvenating days of summer can be met with reluctance for some, I have always found a thrill in getting back to work. After all, there are new scores to study, old music to revisit, and - my favorite part - making music with colleagues and reconnecting with the audience. There is so much to look forward to this fall, which promises to be the start of an exciting season for me.
This summer I was appointed to a new conducting position with the Chicago Sinfonietta. By performing brilliant and relevant repertoire, exploring unique artistic collaborations, and creating education programs that are truly making a difference, the Sinfonietta and its music director, Mei-Ann Chen, are doing incredible things to push the concert experience forward. I am inspired by their vision and action and look forward to working with this organization so focused on making their music mean something for their community.
In addition to my work with the Chicago Sinfonietta, upcoming projects in the fall include subscription concerts with the Knoxville and Toledo Symphonies, two trips to the Alabama Symphony, where I’ll also lead a community concert in their Botanical Gardens, and education concerts with the Phoenix Symphony and Little Orchestra Society in New York.
With my work in Chicago and an increasing amount of time on the road as a guest conductor, I decided it would be the right time to move on after three outstanding years as Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. I will miss the musicians, staff, and community very much and thank them for all we accomplished together. I look forward to returning in December as a guest conductor to lead their popular Holiday Pops concerts.
Having finished my responsibilities in Fort Wayne, my wife and I relocated in early August to San Diego, where we know the Polar Vortex won’t be able to touch us (the weather is perpetually perfect- I don’t think I’ve checked the forecast once, which is very strange for someone born and raised in the Midwest!). It’s challenging to find time to do much else outside of music during the concert season, so I spent the remaining days of summer devoting myself to one of my favorite pastimes: reading. In devouring works of Goethe, Chateaubriand, and Barzun, which all have brought so much inspiration to me, I hope to carry that inspiration further onto the piles of music on my desk.
With my best wishes,
November 4-5, 2014
November 15-16, 2014
Little Orchestra Society (NYC)
December 12-20, 2014
Fort Wayne Philharmonic
Sameer's October 2014 performances with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra reviewed here!
Sameer featured in an interview with Knoxville's WUOT on his October Masterworks program with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Click here to listen!
Sameer's October 2014 performance with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra reviewed here!
Sameer will guest conduct the Alabama Symphony in September
Sameer named a 2014-2015 Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta
Interview: Sameer Patel on Collaboration and Optimism at the Fort Wayne Phil. Click here!
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