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For immediate release January 18, 2016

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Redlands Symphony Welcomes Second Candidate in Search for Successor to Maestro Jon Robertson

Benjamin Wallfisch conducts the Orchestra in Music by Tchaikovsky and Others

Saturday, January 23, 8 PM, University of Redlands Memorial Chapel

This Saturday, the Redlands Symphony audience will meet the second of three candidates to succeed Jon Robertson as Music Director and Conductor of the orchestra when Benjamin Wallfisch takes the podium to lead the orchestra in an exciting program of works by Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, and Stravinsky.

Maestro Robertson will retire in April after 33 years conducting the Redlands Symphony. The orchestra is welcoming three guest conductors this season who are auditioning to succeed him. In an effort to involve the audience in the process as much as possible, the Symphony is taking the unusual step of surveying all audience members who attend these concerts so that patron opinions can be taken into account when the Board of Directors selects the orchestra’s next conductor.

“We are happy to have Maestro Wallfisch here in Redlands as the next step in our process to find a new Music Director and Conductor to replace Jon Robertson when he leaves us at the end of this season,” says Bruce Satzger, Chair of the Symphony's Search Committee. “I encourage everyone who is interested in music and the Redlands Symphony to attend these audition concerts and let us know what they think about each candidate.”

The search for a new conductor has caused a great deal of excitement in musical circles throughout the region, and music lovers have eagerly anticipated the arrival of each guest conductor. In November, audiences met the first of these candidates when Ransom Wilson conducted an enthusiastically-received program of works by Bernstein and Stravinsky. On March 12, Gordon Hunt will lead the orchestra in classics by Mozart and Brahms. The Search Committee will take into account the opinions of the audience and musicians when making its final recommendation to the Board of Directors.

Saturday’s concert begins at 8 PM in the Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. Wallfisch will discuss the program in a free pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM. For tickets and further information, visit www.RedlandsSymphony.com or call 909-748-8018.

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THE REDLANDS SYMPHONY AUDIENCE WILL MEET BENJAMIN WALLFISCH on January 23 when he conductors works by Tchaikovsky, Vaughan Williams, and Stravinsky. The orchestra is currently searching for the conductor who will succeed Jon Robertson upon his retirement at the end of this season. Those who attend Saturday’s concert will be asked to fill out a survey providing their opinion of Wallfisch, which will be taken into account when the new conductor is selected. The concert begins at 8 PM on January 23 in the Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Redlands. Wallfisch will discuss the program in a free pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM. For tickets and further information, visit www.RedlandsSymphony.com or call 909-748-8018.

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