As has now been announced by the RSO, I will be stepping down at the end of the season as conductor of the Rome Symphony Orchestra.
It has been a privilege to make music with the many fine musicians of the RSO over the past six years, as well as collaborate with a range of soloists from David Kim (concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra), pianist William Ransom, soprano Indra Thomas, members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Vega String Quartet in addition to members of the orchestra (Sinisa Ciric, Annie Camp and Rebecca Collins to name a few). Some of my favorite moments would certainly include the choral collaborations with the choirs of Berry College, Rome High School and the Darlington School as well working with soprano Deborah Popham in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Bon Appetite”!
As the RSO continues to evolve to reflect the esthetics, artistry and demographics of the diverse community that supports it, I am thrilled that the baton passes – literally! – to the more than capable hands of Rome musician and professor, Sam Baltzer.
No – I’m not leaving Atlanta! I’m very happy with all things Emory and also my association with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. I will be signing as Music Director and Principal Conductor of another orchestra in the region. More to follow in due course…