Longmont Symphony Orchestra Will Hand Over Conductor’s Baton in May

After a year-long search process which included four guest-conducted symphony performances, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra will announce who will be their new Music Director and Conductor at their Saturday, May 13 Pops Concert.

The Longmont Symphony Orchestra will host their annual May Pops Concert on Saturday, May 13 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., which will include a special presentation of the symphony’s new conductor and music director. Dr. Robert Olson, the Symphony’s recently retired conductor who performed with the Longmont Symphony for 31 seasons, will be on hand to present the Symphony’s baton to the new conductor.

After receiving 60 applications from across the country, the Symphony’s Selection Committee narrowed the candidate pool to four very strong finalists. As part of the interview process, each of these candidates conducted one concert during the 2016-2017 season, which also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

The May Pops Concert: A Few of My Favorite Things promises to be the best ever, and the Symphony is excited to start a new chapter with a new leader at the helm. Join them for this exciting announcement and an evening to remember. Purchase your Pops Concert tickets here to enjoy the show!

Learn more about each of the Conductor finalists below.

Carretin
Zachary Carrettin is the music director and conductor of the Boulder Bach Festival and interim director of the Early Music Ensemble at University of Colorado-Boulder. Before moving to Colorado, he was the Director of Orchestral Studies at Sam Houston State University. He holds a doctorate in Viola performance from Rice University and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David Handel
David Handel currently resides in the Tampa, Florida area.  He has a bachelor’s degree in violin and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting both from the University of Michigan.  His international conducting experience includes orchestras in Russia, Chile, and Bolivia, and nationally in Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, California, and New York.

elliot moore
Elliot Moore is the music director of the Detroit Medical Orchestra, the Blue Period Ensemble, and the Five Lakes Silver Band.  He has a master’s degree in cello performance from Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland; a master of music in orchestral conducting from Manhattan School of Music; and a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan.

David Rutherford
David Rutherford has been the Longmont Symphony’s rehearsal and guest conductor since 2010. He is music director and conductor of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra (formerly Musica Sacra – Denver) and the Valor Symphonics Youth Orchestra in Highlands Ranch.   As a string bassist, he performs regularly with orchestras along the Front Range.  He can be heard weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings on Colorado Public Radio.

For more information about the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, please click here or call (303) 772-5796.

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