Monday, May 10, 2010

RSO's David Wiley Signs to Stay On

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor David Stewart Wiley (above) has signed a contract running through 2013. He will continue to lead the region's professional orchestra for at least the next three seasons.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with David Stewart Wiley as Music Director and Conductor for the RSO. David’s great energy and commitment have contributed immeasurably to the RSO’s success” says Board President Richard Maxwell.

The RSO has seen the number of subscribers more than triple during the last five years for it’s Picnic at the Pops Series, presenting renowned pops artists and symphony orchestra in concert together, and a 35 percent increase in the number of Symphony-to-the-Max subscribers (all subscription concerts, including classical programs) during the same period, according to symphony officials.

The RSO has further broadened its programming to provide more “entry points” for diverse audiences to find and enjoy quality performances of live music - at the heart of its mission. This includes new and unique programs in collaboration with rock musicians and visual performers, new commissions, as well as corporate leadership training events created and led by Wiley.

“The RSO and I continue to have a great collaborative partnership,” says Wiley. "We continue to experience responsible artistic growth and continue to operate in the black.”

Wallace Easter, chairman of the RSO Musician Committee says, “This is a great time for the orchestra and the musicians really appreciate the positive environment in which to make music.”

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