Mansfield Symphony taps Hong as new music director

Posted on: May 18, 2012

In Thursday’s (5/17) Mansfield News Journal (Ohio), Jami Kinton writes, “Thomas Hong said he looks for more than just musical talent in the orchestras he conducts. ‘The most important thing is the chemistry you have with the musicians,’ said the newly hired music director and conductor of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. ‘That’s intangible. You can’t quite grasp it. It’s undeniable, and I absolutely felt that connection with the orchestra here.’ On Tuesday, the Renaissance Theatre announced the hiring of Hong after a two-year search. Maestro Hong is assistant conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. … Symphony Operations and Education Manager Chelsie Thompson said the theater considered about 50 applicants. ‘We chose four of the top candidates and have been working with them all year,’ she said. After Hong conducted the April concert, Thompson said the search was over. … Hong said he already has set goals for his first season. ‘I want to establish myself in the community and bring about some projects that will address the endowment for the orchestra,’ he said. ‘I want to let the Mansfield community know what a gem they have in the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. I know these are difficult times, but I plan to give people another reason to support the arts.’ ”

Posted May 18, 2012