Alastair Willis

Principal Conductor

Grammy-nominated conductor Alastair Willis is currently the Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.

In past seasons, Willis has guest conducted orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfonica de Rio de Janeiro, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, China National Orchestra (Beijing), and Silk Road Ensemble (with Yo-Yo Ma) among others. His recording of Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortileges” with Nashville Symphony and Opera for Naxos was Grammy-nominated for Best Classical Album in 2009.

Last season Willis was re-engaged by the Seattle Symphony, Gyor Philharmonic, The Symphonia Boca Raton, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers, and made his debut with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen. This season he returns to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Victoria Symphony B.C., Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Symphonia Boca Raton, and makes his debuts with Peninsula Music Festival, Fox Valley Symphony, La Porte Symphony, Salute to Vienna, and Seattle’s Music of Remembrance.


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Concert V: Seeking Haydn
Saturday, April 13, 2024  |  07:00 PM

Concert V: Seeking Haydn

Principal Conductor Alastair Willis will guide you to the world of eighteenth-century Austria, as seen through the eyes of Joseph Haydn’s musical assistant at the Esterhazy Palace. Explore – through Willis’ dramatized perspective – what it was like living and working at the palace with Haydn for the Esterhazy family.

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Concert III: Distant Lands
Sunday, January 21, 2024  |  03:00 PM

Concert III: Distant Lands

Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Alastair Willis turned to the world of the theater for inspiration, from Bologne’s opera overture and Haydn’s incidental music for the stage to Shakespeare, who connects the work of Vaughan Williams and Clyne.

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Concert I: Native Wonders
Sunday, November 19, 2023  |  03:00 PM

Concert I: Native Wonders

The 2023-2024 Season picks up where we left off in celebration of the environment. Copland, Handel and Tchaikovsky all found inspiration in the natural world as does Jerod Tate, who, as the Washington Post says, has the rare ability to “effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism.”


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