Celebrating the Marshall Symphony’s longtime conductor

Posted on: February 25, 2015

“The community came out in droves Friday night to say goodbye to longtime Marshall Symphony conductor Leonard Kacenjar,” writes Naomi Prioleau in Sunday’s (2/22) Marshall News Messenger (Marshall, Texas). “The Marshall Convention Center was filled with friends and family of Kacenjar who shared stories and expressed sadness that he was retiring after 39 years with the orchestra. ‘You know that we appreciate you, and you know that we feel honored that you stayed 39 years,’ past President of the Marshall Symphony Society Inagene Bennett said. ‘I don’t know why you didn’t make it 40, that’s an even number.’ Mayor Ed Smith read a resolution recognizing Kacenjar for his work in the community and with the orchestra. State Rep. Chris Paddie served as master of ceremony for the evening…. Bennett shared how Kacenjar always wanted more. ‘He wanted it better. He wanted the most professional that we could afford, and we would sit and negotiate, and we made it work, and he stuck to his budget,’ she said…..  Because of you we have achieved goals that we never could have,’ she said. ‘You had a vision for us, you believed in us, you stuck with us.’ ”

Posted February 25, 2015