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Peter Bay, Austin Symphony Orchestra

  • June 06, 2018
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705


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Maestro Peter Bay and The Music of Leonard Bernstein

Q&A session with Peter Bay and Grammy winning soloist Mela Dailey

From West Side Story to Candide, Austin Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Bay will lead us on a journey into the musical world of legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.  2018 marks the 100th birthday of Bernstein and all over the world there are celebrations honoring his legacy.  Bay will share the vision behind Bernstein100Austin and Austin’s production of Bernstein’s most epic work, MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers, in Austin, Texas on June 29 and 30, 2018 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts.  

With musical genres spanning rock, jazz, Broadway, folk, gospel and classical, Austin will host the largest fully staged performance of MASS with more than 300 performers from and collaborations with Austin Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, members of Ballet Austin, Chorus Austin, Grammy Award-winning Conspirare, KMFA 89.5 FM, Austin Community College, Texas State University, The University of Texas Marching Band, The Austin Children’s Choir and The African Children's Choir.  MASS has been called one of the ‘Must Attend’ cultural events in 2018.  Two of Bernstein’s children will be in attendance along with Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy.

About our speaker

Peter Bay became Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1998. He is also Music Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival (AR), and Conductor of the Big Sky Festival Orchestra (MT).

He has guest conducted over 80 orchestras nationally and internationally, including the National, Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis, and Baltimore symphonies, Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the national orchestras of Lithuania and Ecuador. He is principal conductor for Ballet Austin, and has led four productions for Austin Opera. Summer engagements have taken him to Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, and Durango.


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7:25am - Introductions & Announcements

7:50am - Speaker Introduction

8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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