Amarillo Symphony's Jacomo Bairos leaving after 2020 / 2021 season

Jacomo Bairos
The Amarillo Symphony announced this past weekend that Music Director Jacomo Bairos' tenure will conclude in 2021. Defined by musical excellence, widespread acclaim, artistic partnerships, innovative programming, and extensive orchestral achievements, the Bairos era of the Amarillo Symphony will be recognized as one of the more storied and one of the institution's most illuminating.

Bairos' final season, beginning September 2020 and ending April 2021, will pay tribute to his musical vision and leadership, which helped mold the Amarillo Symphony into a 21st-century orchestra. The concerts comprising Bairos' farewell season will be announced at this season's January concert.

"My tenure as the Music Director for the Amarillo Symphony has been some of the of the most profound, meaningful, and life-changing chapters of my life. I am proud of Amarillo's ability to embrace the Symphony's mission and unique vision.

"While my departure in 2021 will be bittersweet, the board and I have decided that it will be the time to pass the baton to the next generation of young leaders. I do not have words to adequately express my deep love for Amarillo, the orchestra, and this incredible organization," Bairos said.

"As I embark on my next musical and personal chapter after the 2020-2021 season, I will always and forever carry a piece of Amarillo within me."

Under the leadership of board member Jeff Booth, the Amarillo Symphony is forming a committee-made up of musicians, board members, and community members-to begin the search for the Symphony's 18th conductor. Auditions for finalists will take place during the 2021-2022 season.

"Jacomo has been a fantastic catalyst for growth and excitement during his tenure. He created great enthusiasm among the musicians, the audience, and the whole community for the Amarillo Symphony's performances. His legacy will continue to influence the orchestra's evolution well into the future.

"Our search for a new Music Director will begin shortly. And while have big shoes to fill, we are confident that the Amarillo Symphony will present an opportunity that will attract a large number of high-level candidates for the position of our new Music Director.

"We look forward to our 100th anniversary," Amarillo Symphony board president, Adair Bucker, said.