Join us for a Fond Farewell to Music Director Wes Schulz at BSO Concerts November 3 & 4

Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra (BSO)
Join us for a Fond Farewell to Music Director Wes Schulz
At the Opening Concert of the BSO’s 2017 – 2018 Season
November 3 & 4 at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

Bainbridge Performing Arts announces that Wesley Schulz will be stepping down as Music Director of Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra as of December 31, 2017. Though this will be a sad day for us, it’s a tremendously exciting career move for Wes, as he has accepted the position of Associate Conductor of the renowned North Carolina Symphony.

Wes will remain on board for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s November 2017 concert set, will host the 2018 Young Artist Competition on December 6, and will serve as advisor for the BSO Music Director search that will begin shortly. Spring 2018 will see up to three guest conductor/finalists on the podium for the BSO conductor position. The programming that has already been announced will remain in place for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s enticing 2017 – 2018 Season.

Please join us on November 3 and 4 for “Mozart and Sibelius” – a program featuring Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration, pianist Oksana Ejokina in a performance of Mozart’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, and works from the sonic world of Finnish composer, Jean Sibelius.

Bainbridge Performing Arts’ Executive Director Dominique Cantwell said, “Wes has remarkable talent and presence; that we were graced with them for six wonderful seasons is a credit to the orchestra and to the island. I look forward to watching his star continue to rise over North Carolina!”

Wes thanked the musicians of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in his resignation notice, saying, “Without their talent, passion and dedication there would be no music. This orchestra raised its profile as a performance group giving increasingly polished performances of a wide range of music. It has been my great pleasure to see their smiling faces each and every week as we work to put on a great show for our listeners.”

He also expressed heartfelt gratitude for audience attendance and BSO support, saying, “You are essential in helping us realize our dream of making this orchestra a part of the community fabric. Together we have ventured through new music as well as familiar works and the consistently positive feedback has been encouraging. I have enjoyed every moment whether it was teaching the youth of the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra or sharing a laugh with EDGE Improv when they joined the orchestra several seasons ago. This is a special place and the future of classical music on Bainbridge burns bright.”

Wes credited the BSO’s accomplishments, in part, to remarkable support from the community. The Musical Chair Society has allowed the BSO to bring to fruition special projects like Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Generous supporters to the Goodfellow Fund as well as gifts from the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra, and Fletcher Bay Foundation facilitated purchase of musician chairs, timpani, and percussion instruments, as well as a robust music library.

Music has always been at the heart of the BPA mission, and the organization’s commitment stands undiminished to this day. It has the backing of a well-organized Board and a thriving institution. It takes a lively community of volunteer musicians and listeners to make such a commitment sustainable, and BPA thanks the BSO musicians and audience members for their part in keeping the classical music program lively and growing. Please join us for the BSO’s 2017 – 2018 Season and celebrate the orchestra’s thriving contribution to the arts on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to its sponsors: Carly’s Rolling Bay Café and Wicklund Dental. BPA is supported, in part, by Bainbridge Community Foundation and One Call for All. Bainbridge Performing Arts is pleased to offer an “Open Doors” program. Free and reduced-cost tickets to most events are available to community members in need through our partner Helpline House thanks to grants from BCF, the Mabee Family Foundation, and the Alder Fund at the Bainbridge Community Foundation.

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