Princeton Symphony’s Milanov a busy man

Posted on: January 3, 2011

In Sunday’s (1/2) Daily Record (Princeton, New Jersey), Dave Allen writes, “An hour before a concert by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the bottom section of Richardson Auditorium is nearly full. The audience has arrived early for a pre-concert talk, but rather than taking the shape of a lecture about symphonic form or themes that represent the composer’s struggles, it’s a free-ranging discussion drawing connections between music and the visual arts, with printed handouts of images from the Princeton University Art Museum and an attentive audience with thoughtful questions for a conductor and an art historian seated onstage. All seem alive to the possibility of making classical music link up with the world outside the concert hall. This is what conductor Rossen Milanov had in mind when he became music director of the Princeton Symphony last year, adding direction of the 30-year-old ensemble to his duties with two symphony orchestras just a mile or so apart: music director of Symphony in C, the professional training orchestra based in Camden, and associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. … In Princeton, Milanov is much more heavily involved with the entire vision of the organization, especially in leading panel discussions and spearheading collaborations with local composers and institutions; he points to a newfound collaboration with Westminster Choir College as a recent breakthrough.”

Posted January 3, 2011