Hilton Head Symphony appoints Russell music director

Posted on: March 29, 2012

A report in Wednesday’s (3/28) Island Packet (Hilton Head, South Carolina) states, “John Morris Russell has joined the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra as music director and principal conductor, it was announced today. Russell, who will continue his primary role as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, spent the past 2011-2012 season as principal guest conductor of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. ‘I am thrilled to begin this new musical relationship,’ said Russell in a news release. ‘It has been a joy working with the musicians on Hilton Head over the past several months, and I am looking forward to the many concerts and initiatives we have already planned for the next two years.’ In making Russell’s announcement, Edward Parrish, chairman of the orchestra’s board of directors, said [that] ‘having a major international talent like Maestro Russell marks a major step forward for the consistent presentation of great music in our region.’ Mary Briggs, president and CEO of the orchestra, said Russell’s contract will cover a two-year commitment. … ‘There is no question in my mind that John’s presence here will reinforce and enhance attendance and interest. He will become a wonderful asset to expanding public enthusiasm for music and the arts from Savannah to Charleston.”

Posted March 29, 2012