Arapahoe Philharmonic chooses conductor

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As the Arapahoe Philharmonic orchestra wraps up its 59th season, the musicians have completed a search for a new conductor to follow in the footsteps of the late Vincent LaGuardia Jr.

On May 10, Devin Patrick Hughes will take his place in front of the orchestra for a concert at Mission Hills Church, called “The Magnificent Orchestra,” which includes Mahler’s “Symphony No. 1 (Titan),” Brahms’ “Academic Festival Overture” and Gershwin’s “Lullaby for Strings.”

Musician Gail Sindelar, who has been involved in the selection process, writes: “The Arapahoe Philharmonic Players have had 15 different conductors since last May: four auditioning conductors, two guest conductors for special concerts, three assistant conductors and six conductors for our youth outreach programs.”

Hughes has been music director of the Boulder Symphony for five years and has recently held posts with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, Denver Contemporary Chamber Players, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Denver Young Artists Orchestra and Lamont Symphony Orchestra.

He has been active with choral and operatic repertoire and has held benefit concerts for organizations such as Oxfam, Red Cross, Cultures in Harmony and Colorado Haiti Project, among many such projects.

At the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where he received a graduate degree, his awards included the Jeff Bradley Musical Development Award, which honors the late music critic/journalist. He also holds a degree from Ithaca College in New York state.

He was the only American selected of 12 conductors worldwide as a finalist in the Arturo Toscanini International conducting competition in Parma, Italy.

He will work with the Arapahoe Philharmonic’s board in planning its upcoming Diamond Jubilee, 60th season in the south metro area.

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