Gateways Music Festival Orchestra set for Carnegie Hall debut, led by conductor Anthony Parnther

Posted on: April 15, 2022

“Few people know the music of Star Wars as intimately as Anthony Parnther,” writes Julian Sancton in Thursday’s (4/14) Hollywood Reporter. Parnther, who is a bassoonist and film and orchestra conductor, “played bassoon on the scores for Episode IX—The Rise of Skywalker (by John Williams), Rogue One (by Michael Giacchino), and Solo (by John Powell); and conducted Ludwig Göransson’s score for the hit Disney+ series The Mandalorian…. On April 24, Parnther will make his debut at Carnegie Hall as the guest conductor of the famed Gateways Music Festival Orchestra…. The seasonal orchestra consists entirely of Black musicians…. After its longtime musical director Michael Morgan died in August 2021, Parnther seemed the obvious choice to replace him for the concert. ‘He is mesmerizing, on the podium and in real life,’ says Lee Koonce, president and artistic director of Gateways Music Festival…. The program … will include works by Brahms … George Walker and Florence Price. Carnegie Hall’s 2021-22 Perspectives artist … Jon Batiste will join the orchestra on piano for the premiere of his new work ‘I Can.’ ” Parthner is music director of the San Bernardino Symphony and Southeast Symphony and Chorus, both in California.