JAMES BLACHLY’s contract as music director of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania has been extended for three years, through the 2020-21 season. During his tenure, which began two years ago, season-ticket sales have increased by 39 percent; the orchestra gained national attention for its 2017 concerts in a former steel mill, with programming and activities that related to Johnstown’s industrial past. Blachly is also founder and music director of the New York City-based Experiential Orchestra and music director of Geneva Light Opera in Geneva, NY. Recent guest conducting engagements include Spokane Symphony, Danbury Symphony, Odyssey Opera (Boston), Trinity Church Wall Street (New York City), and performances at venues including Roulette, National Sawdust, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. An Oberlin alumnus, Blachly is also active as a composer.
Posted July 13, 2018