Emil de Cou to be featured as ASO guest conductor

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March 18, 2004|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The intrigue will continue apace at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on March 26 and 27 when the Annapolis Symphony reconvenes its search for a conductor to replace Leslie B. Dunner.

This time around, the visiting maestro will be Emil de Cou, the associate conductor of Leonard Slatkin's National Symphony Orchestra, who will conduct a varied program of Samuel Barber's Second Essay for Orchestra, Robert Schumann Piano Concerto and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony.

A Los Angeles native, de Cou began his professional career on the other side of the baton, as principal French horn of Germany's Baden State Theatre and of Austria's Mozart Opera of Salzburg. He went on to study with the noted pedagogue Daniel Lewis in the graduate conducting program of the University of Southern California.

De Cou's conducting credits include appearances with numerous American ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Milwaukee and Hartford, Conn. This season, the distinguished visitor has conducted the National Symphony's annual performances of Handel's Messiah and a guest engagement with the Abilene Philharmonic of Kansas.

As soloist, the ASO will welcome back pianist Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the gold medal at the 10th Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 1997.

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