After a two year search, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra has chosen its new music director, Maestro Reuben Blundell. Mr. Blundell was chosen from a pool of seven contenders, each of whom conducted a Lansdowne concert over the two year period.
According to Blundell’s website www.reubenblundell.com, he is the music director of the Hunter Symphony at Hunter College in New York City. He has guest conducted Michael Tilson Thomas’ New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, and assumed the position of conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York in 2012. This fall, in addition to leading the Lansdowne Symphony, Blundell will also be the principle conductor of the Riverside Orchestra.
Blundell received a DMA from the Eastman School of Music. An accomplished violinist, Blundell has served as concertmaster for the New World Symphony, the Chelsea Symphony, and at the Tanglewood Music Center. Australian born, Blundell performed with many of Australia's professional orchestras.
According to www.facebook.com/lansdowneso/info, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1945 at the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne. Henri Elkan, Jacques Voois, and Irving Ludwig are counted among the orchestra's former conductors. The LSO, comprising seventy musicians, is a community orchestra offering a season of five concerts performed at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.
Maestro Blundell conducted the Lansdowne Symphony in two concerts over the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons. The first concert included a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1. The second concert featured the Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. Blundell will lead the LSO in five concerts for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.