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Young Conductors Share Spotlight For WMU Symphony Concert

C. Lieurance

In a twist, the next Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra concert will feature five orchestral showpieces, each led by a different student conductor. Cara Lieurance talks to the five musicians - Austin McWilliams, Eric Dalmau, Zachary Nicely, Teresa Strobe, and Zachary Ploeger - about what the opportunity means to them, and they discuss the work that goes into preparing pieces as a conductor.

The free concert will be held in the Dalton Center Recital Hall on Thursday, Nov 1 at 7:30 p.m. Austin McWilliams will conduct the Overture to Verdi's opera Nabucco; Zachary Nicely will conduct the first movement of Schubert's Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished;" Eric Dalmau will prepare Liszt's tone poem Les Preludes; Teresa Strobel will present the first movement of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "New World," and WMU graduate Zachary Ploeger will return to conduct Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol.

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Cara Lieurance is the local host of NPR's All Things Considered on 1021 WMUK and covers local arts & culture on Let's Hear It on 89.9 Classical WMUK weekday mornings at 10 - 11 am.