Flat Rock – The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is winding down their search for a new conductor. The nationwide search, which started in the winter of 2019, evaluated over 60 candidates to be considered for the permanent Music Director and Conductor position at the HSO. “As we come out of COVID and celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, we are excited to see where one of these talented young conductors will lead us artistically,” said David Huff, Search Committee Co-Chair for the HSO. “We were fortunate to have so many talented candidates apply. It was difficult to narrow it down to these finalist!” A search committee of board members, community representatives and musicians have assembled to make the final decision for the future conductor of the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra. Audience feedback forms have been filled out after the concerts this season and will be after the last season concert on May 21. Even the musicians will also fill out an evaluation form.
Tickets are on sale now for the final concert of the season on May 21st performed at the Blue Ridge Community College Concert Hall. Conductor John Young Shik Concklin will conclude the season with his program, “New Beginnings.” Concklin is praised for his clear beat, strong sense of rhythm, inviting gravitas, and innovative mind. He currently serves as Conductor with the Atlanta Music Project and Piedmont Chamber Orchestra. His program, “New Beginnings,” offers familiar and comforting works alike. The evening begins with Mozart’s beautiful and at times gleeful, “Overture to the Magic Flute”. Talented guest cellist Miriam K. Smith is featured on Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E minor.” This special evening will come to a close with Dvořák’s “Symphony no. 9 in E minor from the ‘New World,’” a beloved symphony by many.
Miriam K. Smith made her orchestral debut at the age of 8, performing Haydn Cello “Concerto No. 1” with the Seven Hills Sinfonietta. Since then, engagements have included her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louisville Orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme,” and as featured soloist with the Wright State Chamber Orchestra.
On May 7th Timothy Verville led the HSO with an interesting program called “Insurmountable Odds.” As Music Director and Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (GSO), Verville energized audiences while increasing and diversifying the concert’s offerings. The May 7th concert in Hendersonville included Daugherty’s “Red Cape Tango” – an amazing, exciting piece which brought in a variety of instruments and unconventional sounds. This was followed by Canadian pianist Carter Johnson performing Ravel’s “Concerto for the Left Hand” accompanied by the orchestra. Unless you were actively observing his hands, or rather his single left hand on the piano, it would have been difficult to discern audibly any limitations brought about by this handicap. Johnson began his piano studies at a very early age, 5, and has performed with several prestigious orchestras including the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Northern New York. The concert ended with the well-known “Scheherazade” by Rimsky-Korsakov with its haunting violin solo revisiting throughout the movements and played by Mary Irwin, Concertmaster.
The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music educational opportunities for youth and adults. There is a Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Chorus and a Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra which offer many musical educational opportunities. The Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestra provides a small ensemble and symphonic orchestra, coaching and performance opportunities for accomplished students at the high school level up until the age of 21. The Hendersonville Symphony Children’s Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble providing quality vocal instruction for children ages 6-15 in public, private, and home school environments across Western North Carolina.
Tickets for the last concert of the season, on May 21, with John Young Shik Concklin conducting can be purchased at hendersonvillesymphony.org or by calling 828-697-5884. A single, reserved concert ticket ranges from $34 to $45 for adults, and $12 for active students.