Music Director

Music Director, TBD

One conductor will become BCSO’s permanent maestro

Currently, the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra is in an exciting transition as we recently bid farewell to our 25-year Music Director, Maestro Barry Brisk, and culled applicants, settling on four capable conductors to possibly fill Maestro Brisk’s shoes permanently. Each concert this year will be under the direction of different maestros as follows: November 8, Geoffrey Pope; January 31, 2020, Paul Piazza; March 27, 2020, Dean Anderson; and May 22, 2020, Michael Stanley. We hope you will join us and be inspired by the future possibilities for the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra!

Maestro Barry Brisk held the position of Music Director, Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra, from 1994 – May 2019 and recently retired from the role to make way for the next longterm Music Director. Maestro Brisk is particularly proud of having expanded the orchestra’s repertoire. He has conducted works by more than eighty composers, more than a dozen of whom are living. Two of his compositions premiered at our concerts: Serenade for Orchestra (May, 2007) and Kaleidoscope (January, 2010). On November 20th, 2011, the Topanga Symphony presented the world premiere of his Andante and Allegro for Strings, composed when he was a student in Vienna, and on March 23rd, 2012, the BCSO performed his 1984 Trombone Concerto. His composition “Celebrations” opened the first concert of the Beach Cities Symphony’s 65th season in November, 2014 and BCSO most recently played his piece, “Concerto for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet” during his final season in March, 2019. Many of Maestro Brisk’s compositions can be accessed on You Tube. We wish Maestro Brisk well in retirement and thank him for his years of dedication to us!

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