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Acclaimed Conductor Carl St. Clair Returns to Ithaca for Concerts and Master Classes

ITHACA, NY — Acclaimed conductor Carl St. Clair will return to Ithaca to help teach a new generation of conductors as part of the Sixth Ithaca International Conducting Master Class. Currently the music director of the Pacific Symphony in California and National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica, St. Clair served from 1986 to 1991 as music director of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.

The master class program is run jointly by conductors Jeffery Meyer of the Ithaca College School of Music and Chris Younghoon Kim of Cornell University’s Department of Music. It will feature five days of classes, rehearsals and discussions, culminating in a final concert conducted by the eight participants.

St. Clair is celebrating his 24th season with the Pacific Symphony, which is based in Orange County. During his tenure there, he has become widely recognized for his musically distinguished performances, his commitment to building outstanding educational programs and his innovative approaches to programming. This past year, the symphony launched the new music festival Wavelength, blending contemporary music and symphony musicians in unique collaborations.

St. Clair recently assumed his position with Costa Rica’s National Symphony Orchestra, furthering his international career, through which he has appeared with orchestras in Israel, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and South America. He has also led the Boston Symphony Orchestra — where he served as assistant conductor for several years — New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among many other orchestras. In 1990, he was a recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award.

All of the master class sessions are open for observation by music students and interested members of the community. There will also be two free public concerts.

On Friday, May 2, St. Clair will join with conductor Jonathan Pasternack in leading the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra, with pianist Mimi Solomon violinist Nicholas DiEugenio. The 8:15 p.m. performance in Ford Hall will feature works by Beethoven, Mozart and Schnittke.

On Saturday, May 3, the Conducting Master Class concert will be held at 4 p.m. in Ford Hall., with the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”).

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