A report in Thursday’s (10/8) Star-Gazette (Elmira, New York) states, “New music director and conductor Toshiyuki Shimada will lead the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes when it opens its 2009-2010 season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clemens Center in downtown Elmira. The program will include Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. … Shimada, of New Haven, Conn., was chosen in May from 140 applicants as the new conductor for the orchestra, following an 18-month search. … In an interview with this newspaper in May, Shimada said he believes the orchestra and its supporting community offers many opportunities. … Shimada also is music director and conductor of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London; music director of the Yale Symphony Orchestra of Yale University since 2005, and is music director laureate of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra, for which he served as music director from 1986 to 2006.”

Posted October 9, 2009