An impression sticks with me more than any from the concert: Patel’s arms wide in the most effusive moments of the Sibelius, marking the beat in great, sweeping gestures, and you could almost feel his muscles quiver as he coaxed the most from his players. I feel something deep within, a soaring, emotional pull. Then the final pluck of the strings in the movement, and those arms slowly lowering to a hushed conclusion: dramatic without being heavy-handed. The applause in the Saroyan is long and effusive. One person tells me at the reception: “That’s the first time I’ve ever seen the string section really smile.”
"From the fiery final movement of Dvorak’s Ninth (“New World”) Symphony to Gustav Holst’s thundering “Mars, the Bringer of War” from The Planets, Patel unleashed the orchestra’s brilliance and propulsive drive with complete assurance. He has been with the orchestra since September, and from all appearances has won their eager confidence."
"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."
In the 2017-2018 season, Sameer will make subscription debuts with the San Diego Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, and the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus.
Sameer joins the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in 2017 as Associate Conductor. It is the largest privately-funded, free-admission Symphony Orchestra in the United States, and is made up of distinguished musicians from North America's major orchestras.
This summer, Sameer will lead a state tour of New Jersey with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Click here for more info!
After one season as Assistant Conductor, Sameer has received a contract extension and has been promoted to Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony. More here!
Serenade, India's premiere classical music magazine, profiles Sameer for its October issue. Click here to read the interview!
Sameer "sets bar high" in his debut with the Fresno Philharmonic as a Music Director candidate. Click here to read the glowing review!
Sameer will conduct the St. Louis Symphony in March 2017
Sameer will return to Italy in September 2016 to lead two programs with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Sanremo
Sameer will make his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in September 2016
Sameer is selected as one of six conductors to work with Daniele Gatti, Chief Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Read more here!
Sameer has been awarded a Solti Foundation U.S. 2016 Career Assistance Award! Click here to read the story in the San Diego Union Tribune!
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