The LSO is thrilled to announce that the music director for our 2019-2020 season – our 20th anniversary of blending science and music – will be Tal Benatar.
Tal is no stranger to our ensemble, having served as our assistant conductor in 2017-2018 while he earned his master’s degree in conducting at the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Now, he is a Doctoral Pre-Candidate in Orchestral Conducting there, and continues a great tradition of LSO music directors from one of the nation’s top doctoral programs in orchestra conducting.
He will be the third music director to hold the Gilbert S. Omenn Music Director position, named for a former leader of the U-M Health System who has been a steadfast supporter of the LSO since its earliest days.
Tal will make his conducting debut with the LSO at our concert on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Hill Auditorium. He has selected a challenging program, including Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 1. He will be assisted by Nathan Bieber, a master’s degree student in conducting at U-M.