BSO gets its new assistant conductor

June 29, 2000|By Tim Smith

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has a new assistant conductor - Lara Webber, who spent the last three years as associate conductor of a South Carolina orchestra.

She has a two-year contract with the BSO and starts her new job Sept. 1.

Webber, who led some of the BSO's youth concerts in April, was selected by music director Yuri Temirkanov, members of the orchestra and administrative staff and the BSO's artistic committee, following an audition process.

She succeeds Daniel Hege, whose position with the orchestra was changed from assistant to resident conductor last year, when he was appointed music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Webber will be involved in the planning and conducting of BSO youth concerts and special events, including the annual Live, Gifted and Black program. She will also lead some of the orchestra's pops programs and outdoor summer concerts at Oregon Ridge Park.

Currently, Webber is associate conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Other credits include the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra, where she was the first woman to hold the post of music director, and she's conducted Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra in nationally broadcast concerts.

Webber holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and University of Southern California.

Before officially starting her new job, Webber will lead members of the BSO in a chamber music concert July 27 at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, and the full orchestra in the closing event of this year's Oregon Ridge series on July 28.

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