“A new chapter in local musical and cultural history opens Friday evening as the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra begins its 68th season under the leadership of its newly appointed Music Director and Conductor, Charles Latshaw,” writes Charly Spining in Sunday’s (9/24) Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff). Latshaw is music director of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra in Colorado and “has led the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and Kent State Orchestras, the Bloomington Symphony in Indiana, and has worked with numerous other musical ensembles…. He has also held positions as principal trumpet in several orchestras and performed with jazz ensembles…. He also pilots his own plane, which will be an asset as he commutes to Flagstaff.… Latshaw … has been very clear concerning his goals for the orchestra and the community…. He is ‘firmly dedicated to bringing orchestral music to new audiences, especially young people,’ and is particularly interested in collaborative ventures and performances in nontraditional venues. This Friday’s opening FSO concert will reflect Latshaw’s preference for diverse programing and the inclusion of newly composed contemporary works.” On the program will be music by Beethoven, Mozart, Kodály, and Mahler, plus Remembering the Future by American composer Ryan O’Connell.
Posted September 26, 2017
Pictured: Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra Music Director Charles Latshaw