"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."
Thank you for visiting my website, and greetings from sunny California! I’ve become accustomed to life here, and I am enjoying, for the first time in my life, a sunny winter.
The fall season was a very busy one, with a lot of time spent on the road. I had memorable concerts with the Toledo Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Little Orchestra Society, and the Phoenix Symphony. I also had a wonderful homecoming with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic in December. After stepping down as Associate Conductor at the end of last season, it was great to be back in the place I called home for three years. I’m also having a tremendous time working with Mei-Ann Chen as a Conducting Fellow at the Chicago Sinfonietta. I continue to be astounded by this innovative organization as it continues to reimagine the concert experience and make classical music accessible for people of all backgrounds. Finally, I just had a set of fun concerts with the San Diego Symphony, and it was great to make music with this world-class orchestra just down the road from where I live (click here for photos on their Facebook page!)
I remain committed to music education in these winter months. I’ll conduct the San Diego Symphony once again in Kinder Koncerts and join the Phoenix Symphony once more for education concerts. February also sees a reengagement with the Jacksonville Symphony, an orchestra I first conducted at the 2013 League of American Orchestras National Conductor Preview. And in March, I’ll experiment with new concert formats in a program with the Chicago Sinfonietta at an unconventional venue.
My 2015-2016 plans are progressing, and one of the projects I’m very excited to announce is a return to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where I had such a great experience last May. Please stay tuned in the upcoming months for more concert dates!
With my best wishes for 2015,
February 11-13, 2015
San Diego Symphony
February 18-19, 2015
February 21, 2015
Sameer to return to the Toronto Symphony in the 2015-2016 season.
Sameer has been invited to guest conduct the Pacific Symphony in April 2015
A feature on Sameer's return to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Click here to read
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!
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