New music director named at Wichita Symphony

Posted on: June 17, 2009

In an article in Tuesday’s (6/16) Wichita Eagle (Kansas), Chris Shull writes, “The Wichita Symphony Orchestra has named its new conductor. Daniel Hege, who has close ties to Kansas and led the Wichita Symphony in its season-ending performances in April, will become the orchestra’s music director and conductor beginning in the 2010-2011 season. Andrew Sewell, the orchestra’s current music director, will continue to conduct the orchestra next season. Sewell last year announced his intention to step aside. His farewell performance with the orchestra as its music director will be in April 2010. He began his tenure in the fall of 2000. … Hege, 43, is music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York, a position he has held since 1999.” The article describes Hege’s appointment as a homecoming, citing his regular attendance at Wichita Symphony concerts while in college, his long association with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra, and previous appearances with the Wichita Symphony, in addition to his other work with orchestras nationwide. “His initial contract with the orchestra runs  … through the 2012-2013 season… Hege will become the Wichita Symphony’s seventh music director in its 67-year history.”

Posted June 17, 2009