Future of the Wind Symphony
David Alltop, Contra Costa Wind Symphony President
A new era.....
When Dr. Duane Carroll stepped from the podium and received the enthusiastic applause of the audience after conducting the Symphony No. 3 by James Barnes on May 17, 2015, it marked the end of an extraordinary era in Bay Area musical history. Dr. Carroll’s thirty-five year tenure as Music Director and Conductor of the Contra Costa Wind Symphony had reached a triumphant conclusion. Now the Wind Symphony moves forward into a new era. The 2015-16 season will be the first with our new Music Director, Brad Hogarth.
While the Wind Symphony will be under new artistic leadership in 2015-16, the traditions and values established by Dr. Carroll will continue. Wind Symphony concerts will remain an ever surprising mix of the best new music for winds with the rich heritage of the concert band. Audiences can expect that exciting contemporary composers and guest artists will continue to share the program with old favorites that musicians love to play and audiences love to year. Dr. Carroll developed a Wind Symphony sound that occupies a unique space in the local music scene between orchestras and concert bands; a space that we enjoy being in and intend to expand.
Our new Music Director, Brad Hogarth, will bring new talents, new visions, and new opportunities. Our musicians, board of directors, and community of friends will work with Brad to examine all aspects of our operations in search of ways to make the Wind Symphony more enriching for musicians, more entertaining to audiences, and more valuable to our community. I hope you will join us at the Lesher Center for the Arts in downtown Walnut Creek on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., as the Contra Costa Wind Symphony opens its 36th season and the start of a new era under the artistic leadership of Brad Hogarth.