Alastair Willis

Guest 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.

Events

EARTH
Sunday, December 04, 2022  |  03:00 PM

EARTH

Led by Principal Conductor, Alastair Willis, this concert will take in all the wonders of the Earth. Beginning at Fingal’s Cave off the west coast of Scotland with Mendelssohn’s evocative Hebrides Overture, we’ll continue with a mesmerizing visit to Syria with internationally renowned clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh, and conclude with Terra Nostra, an award-winning multimedia symphony by Christophe Chagnard that combines stunning visuals with the power of symphonic music and explores the impact and challenges of climate change.

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WATER
Sunday, April 30, 2023  |  03:00 PM

WATER

Principal Conductor Alastair Willis closes the season with Ethel Smyth’s overture to The Wreckers - a wildly romantic, stirring image of the sea and pirates; DiLorenzo’s Jabberwocky which is based on the nonsensical poem by Lewis Carroll and Beethoven’s glorious Pastoral Symphony.

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