In Saturday’s (5/25) Santa Cruz Sentinel (California), Shanna McCord writes, “A new maestro has been chosen for the Santa Cruz County Symphony, a conductor and violist whose work has touched major orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony. Daniel Stewart was chosen to lead the local group after the symphony board conducted an extensive search that included 10 audition concerts and thousands of painstakingly tallied surveys from audience and orchestra members. Symphony board president Owen Brown said he was thrilled with the selection of Stewart. … Stewart is the recipient of the Aspen Music Festival’s prestigious James Conlon Conducting Prize in 2010 and was appointed by James Levine as conductor with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in 2012. This year, he debuted with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony and the New World Symphony. He has served as principal violist for the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the New World Symphony, and is an accomplished composer whose compositions have been performed at venues including the Tribeca New Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival. Stewart will make his debut performance in Santa Cruz on Oct. 5 and 6.”

Posted May 28, 2013