As associate conductor, he'll be responsible for conducting the symphony pops and family concerts as well as planning and conducting Young People's concerts and other educational and outreach activities.
He earned a bachelor's of music degree from Harvard University, where he served as music director of the Bach Society Orchestra, played baroque violin in the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and conducted his first opera performances. He went on to get a master's degree in conducting from the University of Michigan where he also studied harpsichord and continuo and pursued an interest in dance.
He replaces Matthew Kraemer who left to become associate conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic.
"Hampton: From the Sea to the Stars," a documentary celebrating 400 years of Hampton history, will be shown at 7 p.m. July 8 at The American Theatre, 125 E. Mellen St., Hampton. The event is hosted by the 2010 class of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute. Tickets are $15 available at the theater box office, by calling 722-2787 or online at http://www.hamponarts.net.
Virginia Shakespeare Festival
This summer's Virginia Shakespeare Festival has been pared down to two productions, Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons." The 32nd annual festival will take place July 7 through Aug. 1 in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall on the College of William and Mary campus.
The comedy "As You Like It" will open the festival in performances July 7-18. Full of disguises and mis-matched couples, it's the story of Rosalind's attempts to woo Orlando in the Forest of Arden.
"A Man For All Seasons" plays from July 22-Aug. 1. Winner of multiple Tony Awards on Broadway, the play focuses on the story of Sir Thomas More's opposition to the marriage of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn. The titled role will be played by John Ammerman, who has starred in previous festival productions of "Macbeth" and "The Complete History of America Abridged."
Two-play subscriptions are $40. Single tickets are $25 adults, $15 students and $10 children. They're available by calling the box office at 221-2674 or online at vsf.wm.edu.
The festival also runs three weeks of summer camps for young actors but those sessions are sold out.
The Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads is seeking nominations for its 2010 Alli Awards.
The awards are handed out each fall to individuals, arts professionals, businesses and media groups that make significant contributions to the region's arts and culture. Two special awards also made are the Bettie Minette Cooper Arts Educator Award and the Vianne B. Webb Lifetime Achievement Award.
Membership in the Cultural Alliance is not required for participation in the nominating process. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Web site at http://www.culturalli.org or you can call the office at 889-9479 and they'll send you one. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 8.
The Alli Awards have been presented since 1987. The 2010 awards will be the last awards event to be held annually. Beginning in 2012, the alliance will begin holding the event in alternate years.
This year's ceremony and reception will take place on the afternoon of Nov. 17 at The American Theatre in Hampton.