Mr. Gaffigan to make his debut with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition he returns to lead the Minnesota Orchestra and the Baltimore, Dallas, Milwaukee, National and Toronto symphony orchestrasAmerican conductor James Gaffigan returns to North America in 2012 to lead nine major orchestras in engagements which include debuts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Praised for his passionate and energetic performances as well as his ability to connect with audiences and musicians, Mr. Gaffigan has attracted international attention and has frequently been acknowledged as “one to watch”.
In the summer of 2011, James Gaffigan assumed positions as Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. This season, in addition to his ten weeks with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and four weeks in the Netherlands with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Gaffigan made his debut with the Czech, London and Dresden philharmonic orchestras and with the Vienna State Opera where he led performances of La bohème. Following his performance of Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Haegman of Classical Net remarked, “…if the Czech Philharmonic must have played this work a zillion times, maestro Gaffigan ensured we weren't aware of this. He secured a full-blooded and electrifying reading of Dvořák's most famous work, capitalizing on the orchestra's idiomatic colors.”
James Gaffigan’s first North American concert of the season will be a return engagement with the National Symphony Orchestra (Jan 19-21), followed by concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Jan 25-28). In February he conducts the Minnesota Orchestra (Feb 9-11) before returning to Baltimore to lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on February 16 & 17 and then will make his debut conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on February 23 & 25. In March 2012, James Gaffigan makes his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra (March 8-10) and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (March 30-April 1). Mr. Gaffigan will then lead performances of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (April 6-7) and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (April 12-15) before returning to Europe to conduct La Cenerentola at the Glyndebourne Festival.