“Outdoor concerts. Unconventional new venues. Pop music-driven programs exploring everything from movie soundtracks to video game scores. These are some of the ideas the San Luis Obispo Symphony’s new music director is considering,” writes Sarah Linn in Tuesday’s (6/13) Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA). “ ‘Relevance is the key word,’ Andrew Sewell said…. Sewell, 53, will start as symphony music director on July 1 and officially take the podium Oct. 7…. He replaces Michael Nowak in the post. Sewell plans to split his time between the Central Coast and Madison, Wisconsin, where he’s served as music director of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra since 2000.… A native of New Zealand, Sewell … worked with Auckland’s Mercury Opera and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra before moving to the United States to earn a master’s degree at the University of Michigan…. Sewell served as resident conductor of Ohio’s Toledo Symphony and music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas and Mansfield Symphony in Ohio…. He’ll work alongside the symphony’s new executive director, Catherine Landsdowne, who came aboard in April.” Sewell will lead his first concerts as music director in October.
Posted June 14, 2017