New conductor Quinn to lead Juneau Symphony in fall concert Oct. 24 and 25

New conductor Quinn to lead Juneau Symphony in fall concert Oct. 24 and 25

The Juneau Symphony will kick off its “New Beginnings” series with new Music Director Troy Quinn on the podium with its fall concert on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25,

Saturday’s performance begins at 8 p.m. and Sunday’s at 3 p.m., both at the Juneau Douglas High School Auditorium. A concert conversation with Quinn will be offered one hour before each performance.

The program will open with Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” followed by Jules Massenet’s “Meditation from Thaïs,” featuring Luanne Homzy on violin, and will conclude with Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, also known as the New World Symphony.

Quinn was the first of three finalists who traveled to Juneau during the symphony’s 2014-2015 Conductor Candidate season. He was selected to lead the JSO in June, following a vote by orchestra players and board members, a group of about 75 people. This weekend’s concerts mark his formal debut as new conductor.

Quinn, based in Los Angeles, also serves as music director for the Ocean State Symphony Orchestra, which he founded, in Rhode Island, and travels frequently to perform as a professional tenor. Now 31, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Providence College in Rhode Island, where he won the Leo S. Cannon Award for his achievements in the music field. He received his master’s with honors from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied voice and conducting, followed by his doctorate in conducting at Thornton. He has also studied as a conducting fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, the Eastman School of Music and Bard Conservatory of Music.

Tickets are on sale at all the usual outlets. Limited pay-as-you-can seats will be available at the door.

For more information, visit www.juneausymphony.org

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