Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Fresh meat: conductor-finalist Arthur Post leads the Shreveport Symphony Saturday, March 19

"Serious music with a sense of humor" says the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra about the Commedia concert Saturday night at the Shreveport Civic Theater.

Perhaps better than the lively music is the presence of rakish conductor Arthur Post, music director of the San Juan Orchestra.

Post graduated from Yale and Juilliard and has studied with Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Michael Tilson-Thomas and the late Leonard Bernstein. He has had positions with the New World Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pitttsburgh Symphony.

A special event at Saturday's concert will be the drawing of winning raffle tickets in the SSO's major fundraiser, the Luxury Raffle.

This week board members and volunteers are trying to sell a few hundred more tickets. Please call the SSO, me (861-6809) or use the online ticket service
to support the SSO with your purchase. Pardon me if I claim it to be intrinsically meritorious!

A story about Post from SSO development director Jennifer Akers: "In the course of chatting after we picked the conductor up at the airport he asked me, 'Why do you work for the symphony? You're underpaid and overworked, if I'm not mistaken.' I replied 'At what other job do you get to run around with cool people all month getting ready to give the city a gigantic party?'
With that answer, he beamed.'"

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