The two year search for the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra’s new conductor is nearly at an end. The performances of prospective conductors ended April 27 under the baton of Brandon Keith Brown, a concert including Dvorak, Wager, and Beethoven. A frequent guest conductor of professional orchestras, Brown is the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
In the fall of 2012, the LSO’s first contender was David Wetherill, former principle horn player with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducting a concert of Berlioz, Hayden, and Brahms. Jeri Lynne Johnson, Music Director of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, conducted two concerts with LSO in February and October of 2013. Reuben Blundell, Orchestra Director at Hunter College, also conducted twice, a spring concert including Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.1 and a February concert featuring Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique.
January 2014 brought Michael Ludwig, former concert master of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and former associate concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Ludwig is also the former concert master of the LSO and son of its late conductor, Irving Ludwig. The concert featured Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and a dazzling performance of Vivaldi’s “Winter” Violin Concerto played by Ludwig.
The 2012-2013 season concluded with a concert of Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Gershwin, and Humperdinck, conducted by Karl Middleman. Middleman is the founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia Classical Symphony and a regular pre-concert speaker for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
After completing extensive surveys and a two year conductor search, orchestra members met at the Twentieth Century Club in Lansdowne on May 27 for a final “town meeting” to share questions and thoughts about the candidates. By early June the new conductor of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will be announced.