In the October issue of Georgia Trend, Adam Komich writes, “Georgia Trend’s 2011 honorees are the 15th group of rising stars under the age of 40 we have selected. They represent business, government, education, nonprofits and the arts. From a formidable stack of nominations submitted by readers, Georgia Trend’s editorial staff chose 40 individuals who are making their mark on their professions, their communities or the entire state. We believe we have chosen well and are pleased to share their stories in the following pages.’ The blurb on Shizuo Z. Kuwahara, 34, music director of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, states, ‘Since he arrived in Augusta from the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2009, the Symphony Orchestra Augusta has participated in Orchestras Feeding America, a project designed to help stock the Golden Harvest Food Bank, and the high-energy maestro regularly visits schools to perform and field questions from fourth- and fifth-graders to encourage their classical curiosity. Earlier this year, he organized a benefit concert called ‘Resounding: Ten Thousand Miles,’ that raised $15,000 for relief efforts for Japan following the country’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. ‘Along with the Japanese anthem, we played Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, sometimes called The Destiny Symphony, a piece that helps us to understand where we’re supposed to go,’ he says.” Kuwahara is a former League of American Orchestras American Conducting Fellow.

Posted October 24, 2011