Music Director

Music Director Selection – Stalled Due to COVID-19

One conductor will become BCSO’s permanent maestro

Currently, the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra’s music director selection is on hold due to the pandemic. We bid farewell to our 25-year Music Director, Maestro Barry Brisk, in May 2019 and had selected four capable conductors to possibly fill Maestro Brisk’s shoes permanently. We were going to have them audition – November 8, 2019 Geoffrey Pope; January 31, 2020, Paul Piazza; March 27, 2020, Dean Anderson; and May 22, 2020, Michael Stanley. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were only able to conduct our November and January concerts. We still have plans to allow Dean Anderson and Michael Stanley to conduct the BCSO as soon as we can get back on track with concerts in a safe manner, and as allowed by the state of California. We hope when that happens, you will join us and be inspired by the future possibilities for the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra!

MORE INFO: 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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