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News - Press Releases - 2006-2007

Henderson Symphony Orchestra
Welcomes Its New Conductor, Taras Krysa

The Henderson Symphony Orchestra's 20th anniversary season has been momentous for many reasons not the least of which has been its recent mid-season change in conductors. Tuesday, January 23, 2007, the Henderson Symphony Orchestra welcomed Taras Krysa as its new conductor and music director. In addition to his recent appointment as Music Director and Conductor of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, Taras Krysa is currently the Director of Orchestras at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

A recent addition to the Las Vegas / Henderson cultural scene, Taras has proven himself to be a consummate conductor and exquisite violinist who adapts quickly to change, rising to the occasion and making the most of spontaneous musical opportunities. Mr. Krysa has had several tests of his flexibility since moving here in 2006 from his home in Kiev, Ukraine. Last summer, he quickly moved to the United States, where he had previously completed years of music studies at Indiana University and Northwestern University, and stepped in at the last minute to become UNLV's orchestra conductor following the resignation of the previous conductor. He has also stepped into the violin section at the Las Vegas Philharmonic when needed. Now, Mr. Krysa has ‘stepped in’ to one of the valley's most long-standing orchestras - the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, currently in its twentieth season.

The long-time Henderson orchestra was dealt a challenge this fall when conductor Peter Aaronson unexpectedly announced he would need to resign and relocate to the east coast. This was another exciting challenge for the group that recently became an independent non-profit organization at the beginning of this current twentieth anniversary season. Nevertheless, the dedicated new board of directors for the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, its manager Molly Murphy and other members quickly and tirelessly put together a selection process that drew five outstanding conductor candidates for the orchestra. After rehearsing with each candidate, utilizing a member rating process and conducting interviews, the board offered the position to Taras Krysa.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007, Mr. Krysa stepped on the podium at rehearsal to become the eighth conductor in the group's twenty-year history. The musicians are tremendously excited to welcome their new director. The Ukrainian born conductor is a skilled violinist who has held positions with the New World Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic. In recent seasons, Mr. Krysa's conducting appearances have included the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, National Ukrainian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra van het Osten, New World Symphony, St. Petersburg Symphony, Moscow Soloists, Slovak Sinfonietta, Spoleto Festival Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Chamber Orchestra and the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra. He has made three critically acclaimed recordings for the Brilliant Classics label and has served as Principal Conductor of the Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra. The Henderson Symphony Orchestra is certain that Taras Krysa's extraordinary level of musicianship will keep the long-standing orchestra fulfilling its commitment to ‘bringing extraordinary music to life.’

The Henderson Symphony Orchestra will spotlight its new conductor, Taras Krysa, at their upcoming ‘Heart of Gold’ performance 2 P.M., Sunday, February 11, 2007 at the Valley View Recreation Center at 500 Harris St. in Henderson. The musical afternoon of 19th century classics will feature compositions by renowned Czech composers Smetana and Dvorak as well as famous works by Italian greats Mascagni and Verdi.

Themes of love, loss and the force of destiny will ring in the air with Verdi's La Forza Del Destino and Mascagni's "Intermezzo" from Cavalleria Rusticana. The Henderson Symphony Orchestra will take the audience on a journey down the mighty "Moldau" river with Smetana's revered "The Moldau" from his epic Ma Vlast, and Dvorak's cheery Bohemian inspired Symphony #8 in G Major will round out the romantic performance.

The Henderson Symphony Orchestra's ‘Heart of Gold’ performance 2 P.M. February 11, 2007 is free to the public and seating is on a first come first-served basis. For information regarding this event, please contact the City of Henderson Cultural Arts Office at 702-267-2171.

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