Cristian Măcelaru, conductor-in-residence for the Philadelphia Orchestra and frequent guest conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has just received a round of applause from David Patrick Stearns, classical music critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In a Critic’s Notebook essay posted Aug. 18, Stearns writes: “Philadelphia Orchestra associate conductors are like U.S. vice presidents: They have huge exposure, a bit of dirty work to do, and ascend to the boss’ job only in dire circumstances. Nonetheless, Philadelphia’s Cristian Măcelaru is making a more-than-vice-presidential career for himself. Last weekend, it landed him, on his own artistic steam, at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, which gives significant platforms to conductors consolidating major careers, including the likes of Osmo Vänskä, Edward Gardner and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Good company? That’s an understatement.”

Stearns goes on to call Măcelaru, who returns to Symphony Center for concerts this season with the CSO (May 26-31) and the Civic Orchestra (March 22), a quickly rising podium star: “Such distinctive moments [as his Mostly Mozart performance] tell you there’s an original musical thinker there, and you want more of it.”

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