The Florida Orchestra has 11 guest conductors lined up for its 2012-13 masterworks season, which opens next weekend. None is being billed explicitly as a candidate for the orchestra's vacant music director post, but some will be in the running. Also on the podium for one masterworks program apiece will be Stuart Malina, the orchestra's coffee concert conductor and principal guest conductor, and the former music director, Stefan Sanderling.
The centerpiece of Malina's program is Schumann's Rhenish Symphony, which he is also conducting this weekend with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, for whom he has been music director for 13 years.
A Brazilian, Lehninger is assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and just began his first season as music director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles. Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 is on the agenda.
A former trumpet player with the New York Philharmonic, he was music director of the Seattle Symphony for 26 years. He will lead the orchestra and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1
From an illustrious musical family — his sister, Alisa, is a leading cello soloist — Weilerstein, assistant conductor with the New York Philharmonic, will conduct the Brahms Double Concerto, with violinist Karen Gomyo and cellist Christian Poltera, and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.
Born in Toronto, Kuerti is a former assistant conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His program includes Schubert's Symphony No. 9, The Great, and Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante with cello soloist Xavier Phillips.
Macelaru is assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He will lead a program of Wagner orchestral excerpts (with soprano Barbara Krieger) and Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony.
Grams was interim resident conductor of the Florida Orchestra in 2007-08. His concerts will feature Tchaikovsky's Shakespeare-inspired music in a collaboration with American Stage.
Feb. 22 and 24
Milanov, music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the New Symphony Orchestra in his native Bulgaria, will lead Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.
In his third season as music director of the San Antonio Symphony, the German Lang-Lessing will conduct Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique and accompany German pianist Peter Rosel in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.
So, born in Hong Kong in 1982, has a degree in comparative literature from Yale. He will lead a program of dance works from Brahms (Hungarian Dances) to Bernstein (On the Town).
Zhang is in her fourth season as music director of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan. She will conduct an all-Mozart program, including the Requiem and Ave Verum Corpus, with the Master Chorale.
May 17-19 and May 24-25
A former assistant conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra, Muñoz is on the podium for two consecutive programs anchored by a pair of standards: Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 (May 17-19) and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (May 24-25).