Conductor Steven Gilmer, who most recently led the music for Anne Arundel Community College's production of "Cabaret," makes his debut Sunday as music director of the college's Community Orchestra.
At 4 p.m., he will take the podium at the Pascal Center to conduct Rossini's overture to "The Barber of Seville," the Symphony No. 90 of Haydn and selections from Beethoven's "The Creatures of Prometheus."
Jean Joseph Mouret's "Rondeau" -- better known as the theme from "Masterpiece Theater" -- will round out the program.
Mr. Gilmer, 44, who recently moved to the area from Talbot County, is eager to give that first downbeat at his new post.
"This is a very good community orchestra," he says. "We have some very committed people who've done a fine job.
"They are serious about what they produce and I'm enjoying my work with them very much. There's lots of talent here," he adds.
After graduating from Tulane University in New Orleans, Mr. Gilmer moved on to Rochester's Eastman School of Music to pursue a conducting career.
"I've been hoofing it ever since," he says, conducting at the Aspen Festival in Colorado and leading orchestras for such diverse performers as singer Tom Chapin, Jimmy Smits of "L.A. Law" fame, guitarist Charlie Byrd and soprano Pamela Coburn.
"I love to accompany with the orchestra," Mr. Gilmer says. "I'd almost rather do that than anything."
He plans to use his new orchestra in just that capacity.
A concert featuring the Beethoven Third Piano Concerto with Venezuelan pianist Carlos Rodriguez is planned for the spring.
"It is important to bring in some excellent soloists and orchestral musicians, to show the community our commitment to fine music-making," he says.
The conductor established a strong community presence on the Eastern Shore, where he founded a chamber orchestra.
He also helped muster support for the renovation of Easton's Avalon Theater.
Mr. Gilmer looks forward to enjoying the amenities of his new life in the Annapolis area -- his sailboat and his home on the water in Crownsville.
"After all, that's what brought me here to begin with," he says.