Dallas Symphony announces retirements of veteran players

Posted on: June 2, 2015

In Tuesday’s (5/26) Dallas News, Scott Cantrell reports, “Dallas Symphony principal trombonist John Kitzman is adding his name to the list of veteran DSO musicians retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 season. John, who has been taking a break in recent months because of a lip injury, has held the title for an impressive 43 years, and has been very much involved in behind-the-scenes workings of the orchestra. As an adjunct faculty member at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, he has also been one of the country’s most respected teachers of trombone. In announcing the retirement, DSO president and CEO Jonathan Martin wrote that John ‘has been one of the cornerstones of the orchestra both on and off stage. His dedication to excellence, commitment to craft, and support of colleagues are only a few of the qualities from which the entire DSO organization has benefitted.’ “ Also retiring from the DSO this summer are three other veteran players: Yuri Anshelevich, associate principal cello; Susan Dederich-Pejovich, principal harp; and Paul Capehart, horn. “Wilfred Roberts, principal bassoonist since 1965, will retire after the first concert of the 2015-16 season.”

Posted June 2, 2015