“Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra director Wesley Schulz’s imminent departure portends a springtime evolution for the orchestra, said Bainbridge Performing Arts spokeswoman Sally Jo Martine,” writes Luciano Marano in Wednesday’s (12/20) Bainbridge Island Review (Poulsbo, WA). “Following an extensive search … BPA and BSO have announced two impressive finalists for the role of BSO music director… Tigran Arakelyan will lead the BSO in ‘Superheroes and Villains!’ on April 14 and April 15, and Bobby Collins will lead the BSO in Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 on June 1 and June 3…. Arakelyan is the music director for Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras, the Federal Way Youth Symphony Orchestra and the artistic director/conductor of Port Townsend Community Orchestra…. He received a doctorate in musical arts in conducting from the University of Washington, studying with Ludovic Morlot and David Alexander Rahbee…. Collins currently serves as music director and cofounder of The Sound Ensemble and conducting assistant to music director Sarah Ioannides at Symphony Tacoma. [He was] named one of the 2017-18 Conducting Fellows for Allentown Symphony Orchestra.” Wesley Schulz, the orchestra’s music director for the past six seasons, becomes associate conductor of the North Carolina Symphony in early 2018.

Posted December 21, 2017