“After more than two decades … Kirk Trevor is stepping down as the director and conductor of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra,” writes Joy Mazur in Thursday’s (7/8) Columbian (Columbia, MO). “The maestro, 69, who is not officially retiring, said he would use his new free time on other projects and continue to cultivate well-rounded musicians with a new academy he and his wife [harpist Maria Duhova Trevor] co-founded. A farewell concert … will be held at 7 p.m. [July 8] in the Missouri Theatre…. The Missouri Symphony was founded by Hugo and Lucy Vianello in 1970 as the Missouri Symphony Society. It has three branches—the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, the Missouri Symphony League and the Missouri Symphony Conservatory. Trevor conducts the orchestra…. He also founded the conservatory in 2007, which includes two year-round symphonic ensembles of young musicians.… Trevor became the conductor of the orchestra and music director of the symphony in 2000 and took over the Hot Summer Nights festival the following summer. During the festival … the orchestra … typically performs more than a dozen concerts…. Trevor plans to … direct his passion for music into … the Missouri Academy of Music.”