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New Title for North Carolina Symphony’s William Henry Curry

Posted: July 06, 2004
Raleigh, NC-- The North Carolina Symphony announced today a new title for Associate Conductor William Henry Curry. Effective immediately, Curry becomes the orchestra’s first Resident Conductor. Symphony president and CEO David Chambless Worters says, “Over the past two years in particular, William Henry Curry has made himself absolutely invaluable to the Symphony. His tremendous musicianship, devotion to quality, and commitment to the organization have all shone. Inasmuch as he conducts more often than any other conductor including the music director, we felt that Resident Conductor was more reflective of the true nature of his relationship with the Symphony, and with the State of North Carolina. We’re pleased to honor him in this way.”

Maestro Curry joined the Symphony in 1996 as Associate Conductor, taking on conducting assignments in the Pops Series and in concerts around the state. In 1998, he accepted a second title, Artistic Director of Summerfest, planning programs for the Symphony’s summer season in Cary. He also served as Interim Artistic Planning Advisor during the recent search for the Symphony’s new music director.

Curry’s title change acknowledges his continuing and ever-increasing value to the North Carolina Symphony. "Bill has been so important to our artistic success during his time here,” says orchestra General Manager and Vice President for Artistic Operations Scott Freck. “This has been especially true in these past couple of seasons -- he's been a beacon of wisdom both on and off the podium, providing wise counsel in his added role as Interim Artistic Planning Advisor and giving concert after concert of passionately played music. With this change in title we're sharing our gratitude to him with our audiences statewide."

Before coming to Raleigh, Maestro Curry held Resident Conductor posts with the New Orleans Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He also served as Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony. He has conducted over forty orchestras, including appearances with the Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, National (Washington, DC), Denver, American and San Diego symphonies and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Maestro Curry is also a noted composer whose works have been played by many of America’s finest orchestras. Curry’s work Eulogy for a Dream, based on the speeches and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was premièred by the Indianapolis Symphony in 1999 and performed by the North Carolina Symphony in January 2002, both to great acclaim. The North Carolina Symphony will present the world première of his newest work, The Garden District, in concerts on April 8 & 9, 2005.


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