From Seattle Times arts reporter Michael Upchurch:
Big changes are afoot at the Northwest Sinfonietta. Christophe Chagnard, the co-founder of the chamber orchestra and its music director since 1991, is leaving the organization. His last performances with the ensemble will be Feb. 20-22, 2015.
In a major shift in its organizational structure, Northwest Sinfonietta will be led by “an
intentionally diverse group of artistic partners,” starting in its 2015-2016 season, according to a news release from the organization. The orchestra’s new set-up will be similar to that of London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields or the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Musicians will collaborate with a roster of three or four conductors, yet to be announced, who will return year after year. Bruce Coppock, president of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, has been advising Northwest Sinfonietta as it makes this transition.
Chagnard himself plans to stay in town. He’s busy as a composer, working on a major new commission for a symphony addressing climate change, and he continues to write and play with his jazz sextet, Touché. He will also still lead the Lake Union Civic Orchestra, which performs his piece, “Embargo: Suite Cubana,” along with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Lieberman’s Flute Concerto on June 13 at Town Hall Seattle.