Columbus Indiana Philharmonic founder and music director marks 30 years at the helm

Posted on: September 8, 2016

In last Thursday’s (9/1) Republic (Columbus, Indiana), Brian Blair profiles David Bowden, “the only conductor the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic has ever known,” heading into his 30th season at the orchestra. “Leading the city’s first fully professional orchestra … Bowden had no way to know that the orchestra would grow beyond a local entertainment option to become a key educational component for young, local students and a quality-of-life recruiting tool for companies looking to impress job candidates with cultural depth in a small, Midwestern city.… His loyalty stretches beyond family and the Philharmonic, which begins its 30th season Sept. 17. Bowden this month also launches into his nineteenth season as artistic director with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, a year longer than his time as artistic director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra.… ‘I’m not driven by what many people think of as success,’ Bowden said. ‘I want to be a part of a community and know the people in a community so that there’s relationship and connection.’ ” Said Board President Peter King, “How really lucky we are that he and others had the foresight and the vision to create the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.’ ”

Posted September 8, 2016