A few months ago, the Sarasota Orchestra named Anu Tali, a 41-year-old Estonian conductor with a heady resume, as its new music director. Her three-year contract with the orchestra began Aug. 1.
Local music lovers have already had a chance to experience her work. She has served as a guest conductor with the orchestra, once in 2011 and earlier this year. Her debut concert as music director is this weekend, Nov. 8-10. The concert is titled "Dawning of a New Season" and it includes Eller's "Dawn," Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody" and Dvorák's "Symphony No. 7."
Tali will be in Sarasota today, and plans to watch her orchestra perform with the Sarasota Opera in "Die Fledermuas."
She spoke to the Herald by phone from her home in Estonia as she prepared for her trip.
How did your new position with the Sarasota Orchestra come about?
I think that it was in 2011 when I was conducting that the orchestra learned that the current music director (Leif Bjaland) was not renewing his contract.