Richard McKay, Conductor, Named Artistic Director of the Dallas Chamber Symphony

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Dallas, TX – In an announcement made this morning by the DCS Board of Directors, conductor Richard McKay was named Artistic Director of the Dallas Chamber Symphony for the 2012-13 season which begins on September 18. McKay, an active conductor of orchestras across the United States, Europe, and South America, brings a wealth of experience to the DCS. McKay has worked with numerous orchestras including the Dallas Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony. He has held conducting posts with the Butler Opera Center, Peabody Opera Theatre and conservatory orchestras, and guest conducted such groups as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Mendoza Symphony (Argentina), Tucumán Symphony (Argentina), Estonian National Youth Symphony, Sinfonia Bucuresti (Romania), Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and Orchestra and Solisti at the Spoleto Opera Festival (Italy).

A product of the prestigious Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, McKay is a protégé of some of the most important conductors and pedagogues including Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop. In an interview with the DCS, Meier complimented McKay’s abilities: “He has a natural technique, is very musical, very bright and educated as well, and this is what you must be as a conductor.”

His rapport with both audiences and musicians have placed him in great demand. “His particular connection with musicians was rewarded by the musicians of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, who extended him an invitation to conduct them in concert,” Thakar said in a statement to the DCS. And this is good news for North Texas music lovers. Thakar continued by saying, “He brings a wealth of ability and commitment to Dallas, and I’m certain he and the Dallas Chamber Symphony will become a valued musical force for the community.”

For more information about Richard McKay, visit his official website.

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