Warren Symphony honors long-time music director

Posted on: November 10, 2010

In Wednesday’s (11/10) Macomb Daily (Michigan), Heidi Bitsoli writes, “The Warren Symphony Orchestra is honoring the man who jokes, ‘I’m the one member of the (orchestra) who couldn’t pass an audition.’ For his decades of service, [Jimmie] Daniels and his wife, Jimmie Sue—for her enthusiastic support—are being honored Nov. 17 at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren, with a reception and dinner that also benefits the WSO. Daniels stepped down last year after more than three decades as the symphony’s music director. He came to the post in 1974—its first hire—as the WSO was forming. … Under his leadership the WSO was twice named ‘Best Community Orchestra’ in the Detroit Music Awards. He’s also been honored for his leadership and service to the community. He’s written grants to procure funds for the orchestra. He’s weathered tough times during economic slumps. In fact, one of his best memories—though he admits to having countless good ones—stems from the early 1990s when funds were low. The orchestra had one more concert coming up, and ‘the musicians knew they wouldn’t get paid for six months, but they put on a great show nonetheless.’ Many moments like that linger for him.”

Posted November 10, 2010