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2010 – Music Director, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra

Responsible for directing all musical activities of one of Wisconsin’s most established regional orchestra, conducting all classical, pops, and young people’s programs per season and being actively involved in the LSO’s education, fund-rasing and outreach activities. Recent achievements include the raising of $1.3 million in Endowment funds, a new collaboration with the La Crosse Youth Symphony, and full sponsorship of all mainstage performances.

2010 – 2015 Music Director, Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra

Was responsible for overseeing the musical activities of the oldest orchestra in North Dakota, which recently celebrated its one-hundredth anniversary. Achievements included the raising of the largest single gift in the Orchestra’s history, creating more collaboration between the GGFSO and the University of North Dakota music department, and of leading the complete renewal of the GGFSO’s once-dormant auxillary organization, the Symphony Guild, now the Orchestra’s major fund-raising entity.

1997 – Music Director, The Wisconsin Philharmonic

Artistic director and conductor of one of Wisconsin’s most distinguished orchestras (previous music directors include the great conductor-pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller), operating for 63 years as the Waukesha Symphony and now having transformed itself into The Wisconsin Philharmonic effective Spring 2010. Activities include a full range of symphonic, pops, choral, chamber-orchestra and educational performances, in a wide range of venues and schools throughout Waukesha County. Also involved extensively in fund-raising, outreach, and board-development activities for the institution. Along with maintaining the orchestra’s historically high level of performance, recent achievements include an anonymous gift of $500,000 to the organization, as well as a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

2007-2010 Principal Conductor and Music Advisor, Boca Raton Symphonia

Duties included outreach, fund-raising, programming and conducting most of both the subscription and young people’s concerts of what has emerged in critical opinion to be the finest of the orchestras to have grown out of the now-defunct Florida Philharmonic.

2002 – Music Director, The Maverick Concerts, Inc., Woodstock, New York

Responsible for the musical direction and artistic administration of the oldest summer chamber music festival in the United States, including the contracting and presenting of major chamber music ensembles and the conducting of chamber orchestra performances. In recent years, the Maverick has not only expanded its season to eleven weeks of classical, folk, jazz and world-music offerings, but has also been the recipient of major grants from The Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors/New York State Music Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2001-2012 Resident Conductor and Music Advisor, Chicago Opera Theater

Responsibilities include assisting in artistic planning, casting, fund-raising, and outreach activities, and serving as chief conductor for one mainstage operatic production each season. Mainstage performances have included DON GIOVANNI, THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, and the critically acclaimed Chicago premieres of DEATH IN VENICE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and John Adams’ NIXON IN CHINA (in the presence of the composer). Outreach/education operas have included the world premieres of the Tony Kushner/Maurice Sendak version of BRUNDIBAR and my own adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s IOLANTA, with a broad spectrum of children from Chicago public and private schools.

2002 – 2008 Conductor-in-Residence and Visiting Professor of Music, Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin

1996 – Music Director/Conductor, Marion (Indiana) Philharmonic

Music Director and Conductor of one of the state’s professional orchestras, in classical, pops, and educational concerts. The Orchestra has persisted at its usual level of concert-giving despite the considerable recent economic hardship in the area, with the assistance of expanded giving from area foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Arts.

1993-2005 Music Director/Conductor, Racine Symphony Orchestra/Racine Symphony Chamber Orchestra

Music Director and Conductor of the oldest continuously operating symphony orchestra in Wisconsin, a metropolitan orchestra comprised of professionals and amateurs which, under my leadership, gave 15-20 concerts a season. With the growth of the orchestra’s classical, chamber orchestra, Lakeside Pops, educational and run-out concerts, the RSO nearly doubled the number of its performances during this period. Duties included conducting all of these concerts, as well as directing significant administrative, outreach, educational and developmental activities in the Racine community. Since assuming the position, he not only returned the RSO to financial profitability—overseeing the institution of a planned giving program and an over 500% increase in annual giving—but also greatly expanded its artistic and educational activities. Accomplishments during this period included the establishment of a new 3rd Grade Concert Series, and of a Private Lesson Scholarship Fund for needy students.

2005-06 Visiting Instructor in Music, Chicago Latin School, Chicago, Illinois

Responsible for teaching a course on opera.

1995-99 Music Director, Plymouth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee

Activities included a complete cycle of the late Haydn Masses.

1993-95 Conductor, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, Minneapolis

1991-93 Apprentice Conductor, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, and the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Conducted the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on subscription, pops, young people’s , and outreach performances, and served as musical assistant to Edo de Waart, Hugh Wolff, Christopher Hogwood and Roger Norrington; served as Assistant Conductor for Colin Graham’s production of MADAMA BUTTERFLY at the Minnesota Opera, conducting four mainstage performances;worked on outreach projects with various staff and board members; assisted on recording projects (SPCO/Decca, Minnesota Public Radio). Under the tutelage of Murry Sidlin, conducted the University of Minnesota Orchestra regularly.

1991-94 Staff Conductor, University of Minnesota Opera Theater

Served as Conductor for the company’s productions of IDOMENEO and Britten’s version of THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, and served as assistant conductor for their productions of XERXES, ALBERT HERRING, L’HEURE ESPANGOLE, and THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO.

1992-93 Conductor, Linden Hills Chamber Orchestra, Minneapolis

Musically and administratively led the 45-member community orchestra in South Minneapolis, conducting concerts in school, parks, and residential care facilities.

1989-91 Assistant Conductor, Cambridge University Musical Society

As the first American to hold the post (one previously held by Elder, Gardiner, Atherton, Andrew Davis, etc.), conducted various orchestral performances and served as assistant to Stephen Cleobury.

1989-91 Conductor, Cambridge University Opera Society

Working with young British singers as well as professionals from the New York City and English National Operas, led staged revivals of MANFRED (Schumann/Byron), BEATRICE AND BENEDICT (Berlioz), and OWEN WINGRAVE (Britten), winning high praise in the London press.

1986-88 Resident Conductor, Yale Center for British Art

Activities included the U.S. premieres of two works of Benjamin Britten, “a stunning performance” (New Haven Register) of Walton’s FACADE with members of the Yale Repertory Theater and the Metropolitan Opera, and a production of THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA with members of the New York City Opera. Also very active in fund-raising and general administration for these activities.

1984-88 Music Director, Berkeley Chamber Players and Berkeley Singers, Berkeley College, Yale University

Responsible for all musical, administrative, and considerable fund-raising activities for the most highly regarded of Yale’s college musical societies.

Radio Broadcasts


National Public Radio, Performance Today, 1993

BBC: Benjamin Britten 80th Birthday Concert, the Wigmore Hall, London, 1993

South-West German Radio/Freiburg Philharmonic, 2002

Presently: numerous appearances on WFMT in Chicago

Recordings


Robert Kurka-Lewis Allan: The Good Soldier Schweik.

Cast and Orchestra of Chicago Opera Theater. Cedille Records, 2002.

Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy,

plus works by for violin and orchestra by Sarasate, MacKenzie and McEwen. Rachel Barton, violin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Cedille Records, 2005.

Guest Conducting Engagements


Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark

Aldeburgh Festival, Great Britain

Ballet Minnesota

Banff Music Centre

Boca Raton Symphonia

Britten-Pears Ensemble, London (BBC Broadcast)

Brooklyn Phiharmonic (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra

City of London Sinfonia

Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra

Columbus Symphony Orchestra

El Paso Symphony Orchestra

Ensemble Musical Offering, Milwaukee

Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Germany

Houston Symphony Orchestra (2 programs)

Hudson Valley Philharmonic

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Lafayette (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra

Lexington Philharmonic

Master Singers of Milwaukee

Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble

Minnesota Orchestra

National Conductor Preview, February 1995

Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee

San Antonio Symphony (American Symphony Orchestra League)

Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Conductor/clinician for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and for secondary school orchestra festivals in Racine, Wisconsin; Westport, Connecticut; Fairfield, Connecticut; Waukesha, Wisconsin; and Marion, Indiana.

Education


February 1992 • American Symphony Orchestra League Conductor’s Workshops

February 1994 • Chicago Civic Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra League Conductor’s Workshops

March 1996 • San Francisco Youth Symphony. American Symphony Orchestra League Conductor’s Workshops

Studies with Daniel Lewis, Gustav Meier, Kirk Trevor, and Kenneth Kiesler.

Summer 1991 • Conducting Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center

Studied and /or shared concerts of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra with Simon Rattle, Gustav Meier, Oliver Knussen, Seji Ozawa, Maurice Abravanel, Leon Fleisher, and Marek Janowski.

1988-91 • British Marshall Scholar, King’s College, Cambridge

M.Phil. in Musicology, 1989; Ph.D. research from 1989 to 1991. Postgraduate studies in 19th-century music with John Deathridge, and in 19th-century performance practice with Peter leHuray.

Summer 1989 • Conducting Fellow, Aspen Music School and Festival

Summer 1987

Studies with Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson and Lawrence Foster; served as assistant to Mr. Foster and James Conlon.

1984-88 • Berkeley College, Yale University

B.A. in Music, magna cum laude with distinction in the major, 1988. Studies in music, history, languages, politics, literature; studies in `18th-century performance practice with Jaap Schröder. On graduation awarded the Bach Society prize and the Sudler Prize, Yale College’s highest award in the creative and performing arts.

1986-88 • Private conducting studies with Prof. Gustav Meier, the University of Michigan School of Music

Summer 1986 • Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, Hancock, Maine

Studies with Charles Bruck.

Summer 1984 • Younger Scholars Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities.

Summer 1982 • Violist, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Berkshire Music Center

Publications


Gustav Mahler, arr. Erwin Stein: Symphony No.4 in G,

Reconstruction by Alexander Platt from the sketch material of the arrangement by Erwin Stein for the Society for Private Musical Performances in Vienna(1921). Published by Josef Weinberger Ltd., London (1994).

Ned Rorem: Concertino da Camera for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra (1949).

Published by Boosey & Hawkes, New York (1993). Editor.

David del Tedici: FINAL ALICE (1976)

Arranged for soprano and 23 players by Alexander Platt (2008). To be published by Boosey and Hawkes, New York.

Cover Conducting Work


Philharmonia Orchestra, London (1990)

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (1993)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (1994-95)

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (1995-96)

Conducted the U.S. Premieres of the Following Works


Leonard Bernstein: SONGFEST(1977), in a new version for six solo singers and seventeen players, by Robert Osborne and Alexander Platt (2013)
Benjamin Britten, completed by Colin Matthews: Clarinet Concerto, originally for Benny Goodman (2011)
Benjamin Britten, orch. Colin Matthews: Temporal Variations, for Oboe and strings (2012)
John Corigliano: Sonata for Violin and Orchestra, as orchestrated by Martin Kennedy (2013)
Daron Hagen: SEVEN LAST WORDS, for piano left hand and chamber orchestra (2011)
Simon Holt: CANCIONES, after Federico Garcia Lorca, for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble (2014)
Henryk Gorecki: Requiem for a Polka (1998) (orch. version—first performance)
David Del Tredici: FINAL ALICE(1976), in a new version for soprano and chamber orchestra by Alexander Platt (2007)
Joseph Schwantner: CHASING LIGHT for orchestra; the Wisconsin premiere, in collaboration with 49 other American orchestras under the auspices of the League of American Orchestras (2007)

(world premieres)

Colin Matthews: Divertimento for strings (Tanglewood Festival, 1991)

Russell Platt: Concerto for Clarinet, Percussion, and Strings (2002-3)

Benjamin Britten, arr. Colin Matthews: Movements for a Clarinet Concerto (2011)

Benjamin Britten, arr. Colin Matthews: Temporal Variations for Oboe and Strings (2011)

Libby Larsen: Sonnets from the Portuguese (premiere of the new, revised version, 2014)

(world premiere—American Composers Forum commission)

Ned Rorem: Concertino da Camera (1993)

Dmitri Shostakovich: Eight British and American Folksongs, for low voice and orchestra (1994)

Joan Tower: Made in America (2005) (Indiana premiere performance, in conjunction with the Ford Foundation and the American Symphony Orchestra League)

David Del Tredici: FINAL ALICE(1976), in a new version for soprano and chamber orchestra by Alexander Platt (2007)

Joseph Schwantner: CHASING LIGHT for orchestra; the Wisconsin premiere, in collaboration with 49 other American orchestras under the auspices of the League of American Orchestras (2007)

Judith Weir: Piano Concerto (1999)

Opera/Ballet/Music Theater Productions


The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart)

University of Minnesota Opera Theater—Assistant Conductor)

Albert Herring (Britten)

(University of Minnesota Opera Theater—Assistant Conductor)

Beatrice and Benedict (Berlioz)

(Cambridge University Opera Society—Conductor)

The Beggar’s Opera (Britten/John Gay)

(University of Minnesota Opera Theater—Conductor)

Bluebeard’s Castle (Bartok)

(Chicago Opera Theater, with Samuel Ramey—Conductor)

Brundibar (Krasa)

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

Comedy on the Bridge (Martinu)

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

Death in Venice (Britten) Chicago premiere

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)           

Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)

(Yale Center for British Art—Conductor)

Don Giovanni (Mozart)

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

Erwartung (Schoenberg)

(Chicago Opera Theater, with Nancy Gustafson—Conductor)

L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti)

(Skylight Opera Theatre—Conductor)

Façade (Walton)

(Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, NY—Conductor)

(Yale Center for British Art—Conductor)

Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss II)

(Skylight Opera Theatre—Conductor)

The Good Soldier Schweik (Kurka)

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

L’Heure Espagnole (Ravel)

(University of Minnesota Opera Theater—Assistant Conductor)

Idomeneo (Mozart)

(University of Minnesota Opera Theater—Conductor)

Iolanta (Tchaikovsky) Chicago premiere

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

Madama Butterfly (Puccini)

(Minnesota Opera—Conductor)

Manfred (Schumann)

(Cambridge University Opera Society—Conductor)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) Chicago premiere

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

Moscow Cherry-Town (Shostakovich) Chicago premiere

(Chicago Opera Theater, 2010-11—Conductor)

Nixon in China (John Adams) Chicago premiere

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

The Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky)

(Ballet Minnesota—Conductor)

Owen Wingrave (Britten)

(Cambridge University Opera Society–Conductor)

The Rape of Lucretia (Britten)

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

(Yale Center for British Art—Conductor)

The Soldier’s Tale (Stravinsky)

(Yale University—Conductor)

La Rondine (Puccini)

(Chicago College of the Performing Arts — Conductor)

The Tender Land (Copland)

(Long Wharf Theater, New Haven—Musical Assistant)

La Tragedie de Carmen (Bizet/Peter Brook/Marius Constant) 

Chicago Premiere 

(Chicago Opera Theater—Conductor)

Xerxes (Handel)

(University of Minnesota Opera Theater—Assistant Conductor)