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

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Movies & Musicians
Box Lunch Series
Friday, December 06  |  11:30 AM

Movies & Musicians

Conductor Alastair Willis will discuss the December 8 concert, where the audience will learn how the music of film, nostalgic prose, a birthday gift, and Renaissance frescoes inspired Copland, Barber, Wagner and Respighi.

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Reading the Staff
Meet the Orchestra
Saturday, December 07  |  12:00 AM

Reading the Staff

At today's event, children will learn about parts of the staff and how to read music, as well as about  composer Samuel Barber, composer of Knoxville: Summer of 1915.

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Lights, Camera, Action!
New Directions
Tuesday, December 10  |  07:30 PM

Lights, Camera, Action!

Sound meets sight in this evening of cinematic and artistic exploration that highlights the works of Copland, Wagner and Respighi.

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Movies and Idylls
2019
Connoisseur Series
Sunday, December 08  |  12:00 AM

Movies and Idylls

The 2019-2020 season, dedicated to Celebrating Women in Music, kicks off with the enthralling music of Copland, Barber, Wagner and Respighi, conducted by Alastair Willis, and featuring soprano soloist Robyn Marie Lamp.

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Poetic Mysteries
Connoisseur Series
Sunday, March 28  |  03:00 PM

Poetic Mysteries

Maestro Alastair Willis will be back on the podium, and he is joined on stage by flute soloist Les Roteges for a program filled with mystery and haunting beauty. Opening with a brilliant setting of Lewis Caroll’s classic poem “The Jabberwocky,” by new composer Anthony DiLorenzo, the concert also features a glorious flute concerto by the “the French Mozart,” Francois Devienne, Mendelssohn’s evocative Hebrides Overture ("Fingal’s Cave"), and Manuel de Falla’s suite from his sensuous ballet El Amor Brujo. What a way to cap the season!

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Fire, Romance, and Celebration
Connoisseur Series
Sunday, December 06  |  03:00 PM

Fire, Romance, and Celebration

We will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday with public radio’s Piano Puzzler, author and composer Bruce Adolphe, and Conductor Alastair Willis, collaborating on a dynamic investigation of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. This all-Beethoven program will open with the Prometheus Overture and feature Symphonia Concertmaster Mei Mei Luo in a performance of the Romance in F.

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