Dynamic Guest Conductors to Join University Symphony Orchestra

The Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University is announcing the addition of two dynamic guest conductors to lead the University Symphony Orchestra during its 2005-06 season.

Maestro Sergiu Comissiona, principal guest conductor of Israels Jerusalem Symphony, will lead the orchestra for two performances in 2006, one in Columbus and one in Atlanta. Those performances also will feature the Dr. E. Stephen Purdom Distinguished Visiting Artist, pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

George Del Gobbo, the popular music director and conductor of the Columbus (Ga.) Symphony since 1987 will be the guest conductor for the universitys entire season and chart the artistic direction for the ensemble.

In addition to Del Gobbo's activity with the CSO he has extensive experience working with student musicians at Texas Christian University and the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth. His career as a guest conductor has led to many appearances across the country. His last contact with Maestro Commissiona was at the Aspen Music Festival in 1975 when he was a student in a conducting master class led, in part, by the venerable Romanian conductor.

Del Gobos work with the University Symphony Orchestra will culminate with the ensemble's final concerts on April 3, 2006 in the RiverCenters Bill Heard Theatre and April 4, 2006 in Atlantas Woodruff Arts Center, home of the Atlanta Symphony. Both those performances will be conducted by Maestro Sergiu Comissiona. Sergiu Comissiona is renowned throughout the world as one of the most dynamic, sensitive, and experienced conductors of our time. A familiar podium figure in more than 25 countries, Comissiona has led virtually all of the world's major symphonic ensembles in performances that have been acclaimed for their interpretative fire, musical insight and orchestral discipline.

Comissiona currently holds several important musical posts: He is principal guest conductor of Israels Jerusalem Symphony, music director emeritus of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Georges Enescu Bucharest Philharmonic and conductor laureate of the Baltimore Symphony.

The appointment of these two musicians strengthens and furthers our mission as a regional resource with a national presence, said Schwob School of Music Director Laurence Kaptain. Artists such as these will not only challenge our students and faculty, but they will inspire our audiences while making defining artistic contributions to both Columbus and Atlanta.

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Contact: Laurence Kaptain, (706) 649-7225; E-mail: kaptain_laurence@ColumbusState.edu