Bairos relishes chance to guest-conduct Great Bridgeport Symphony

Posted on: November 7, 2014

“Hugely popular with area audiences, Jacomo Rafael Bairos returns to the Park City as guest conductor to step in at the Greater Bridgeport Symphony” on November 15, writes Phyllis A.S. Boros in Thursday’s (11/6) Connecticut Post (Bridgeport). “The Portuguese-American conductor said he was looking forward to returning to Bridgeport,” where he appeared in April as a candidate during the orchestra’s music-director search. On the program are works by Ligeti, Stravinsky, and Beethoven. In the article, Bairos states that he and Eric, Jacobsen, the orchestra’s new music director, “spoke at great length about balancing a musical menu while keeping a running theme throughout the program. From Ligeti to Stravinsky to Beethoven, there is this thread of looking back at musical history (and) its traditions.’ … Bairos, who studied with [Gustav] Meier”—the recently retired long-time music director of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony—“at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore (where Meier continues to run the graduate conducting program), is enjoying a busy schedule these days. He spends his time in Charlotte, N.C., Texas (where he is music director and conductor of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra) and Miami, where he and best friend Sam Hyken have established a new music collective called Nu-Deco Ensemble.”

Posted November 7, 2014