According to the Arizona Republic, Falletta is one of seven candidates for the Phoenix Symphony's vacant music director job. Hermann Michael stepped down at the end of 2003-04 after seven years.
Falletta will lead a program of Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique, John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, with pianist Horacio Gutierrez, on October 21, 22, and 23.
A one-time prot_g_ of Leonard Bernstein, Falletta is considered one of the leading conductors of her generation, and is credited with turning around the Buffalo Philharmonic.