Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) has been signed to Primo Artists for general management. Primo Artists also represents Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, and others.
Jacomo Bairos (GPD ’11, Conducting) made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony on November 3, 2018. This concert was the symphony’s annual Dia de los Muertos community celebration, and featured ensembles and musicians from around the San Francisco area coming together to perform and connect. The Davies Symphony Hall performance was successful, and Bairos was invited back for a future engagement, to be announced soon. He also conducted the Fort Worth Symphony on their Veteran’s Day concert in November, which was given a glowing review. Bairos also took his Nu Deco Ensemble to Saratoga, N.Y., for their first performance outside of Florida, which received a wonderful review. Coming up, Bairos will conduct the Nu Deco Ensemble in another concert at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 15 in Miami, Fla. In January, he travels to Singapore to conduct the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for their “Rock in 60 Minutes” concert.
Faculty artist Marin Alsop, conducting, has won the Crystal Award for 2019. Crystal Awards celebrate the achievements of leading artists and cultural figures whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change and are funded by the World Economic Forum. Alsop won the award for her leadership in championing diversity in music.
On Sunday, December 9, the London Symphony Orchestra presented Leonard Bernstein’s Candide featuring faculty artists Marin Alsop, conducting, and Garnett Bruce, stage director. This was a semi-staged performance in Barbican Hall in London, England.
Clifton Guidry (BM ’18, Bassoon) and Jonathan Rush, conducting, will join the Nairobi Philharmonic Orchestra in their full length performance of the Nutcracker. They will be joined by the Dance Centre of Kenya and a children’s choir from Ghetto Classics, a community program based in Korogocho, one of Kenya’s biggest slums. There will be a number of performances, all at the Kenyan National Theatre beginning December 1. Proceeds from this unique collaboration are donated towards scholarships for underprivileged Kenyan youth to pursue their education in dance.