Robert Olson - Conductor
Join the Longmont Symphony Orchestra for our 4th of July Summer Concert in the Park on July 4th at 12:00 noon in Longmont's Olde Town Thompson Park, located at Bross Street and 4th Avenue. Complete with Stars and Stripes, and picnic contest, this free performance can't be missed.
Everyone buys food, so buy your food by using the LSO King Sooper's Gift Card available at the ticket table at the May Pop's concert for just $5.
The Longmont Symphony Orchestra has announced four conductor finalists as candidates for the position being vacated by long time retiring conductor, Dr. Robert Olson. The orchestra received 60 applicants from across the country. After weeks of meetings and interviews, four finalists have been named. The candidates will each conduct one concert in the symphony’s upcoming 2016-2017 season. A final decision will be made in May 2017. This season will also mark the 50th anniversary of the orchestra in Longmont.
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 masters degree in Violin performance from Rice University and a masters degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana –Champaign. Mr. Carrettin will be conducting the April 8, 2017 concert.
David Handel currently resides in the Tampa, FL area. He has a bachelor’s degree in violin and a masters 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. Mr. Handel will be conducting the January 28, 2017 concert.
Elliot Moore is the music director of the Detroit Medical Orchestra, the Blue Period Ensemble, and the Five Lakes Silver Band. He has a masters 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. Dr. Moore will be conducting the November 12, 2016 concert.
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. Mr Rutherford will be conducting the February 25, 2016 concert.
Executive Director, Kay W. Lloyd, says “The selection committee has chosen four very strong candidates that represent high musical values as well as the ability to engage our community. We look forward to their concerts this season and the final selection of a conductor that will lay the groundwork of continuing to provide quality, diverse concerts and outreach programs - for another 50 years in this community.”