The Kingston Symphony Association has announced the appointment of Evan Mitchell as the association’s new Music Director and Conductor. He is currently assistant conductor of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and has also completed a stint as Resident Conductor with the Vancouver Symphony, where (among other tasks), he served as the official music consultant to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee. Mr. Mitchell’s appointment is for a three-year term and takes effect on September 1, 2014. He succeeds long-time KSA Music Director Glen Fast, who will move on to become the orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus. Evan Mitchell had this to say about his appointment: “Kingston truly is a magnificent city with deep history, and the prospect of working with such fine musicians and performing in the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is extremely exciting!” I am looking forward to making the very best music we can, celebrating the centuries of great composers past alongside new Canadian compositional talent. I think that in this great city with this great orchestra, the possibilities are endless!”
Orchestras Canada would like to issue heart-felt thanks to Paul Inksetter (president of the board, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra), David Adair (general manager, Georgian Bay Symphony), Dawn Cattapan (Executive Director, Sudbury Symphony), and Matthew Jones (Music Director, Timmins Symphony Orchestra) for taking time out of their busy schedules, and braving treacherous travel conditions, to make their way to Toronto for Arts Day at Queen’s Park on February 26. Paul, David, Dawn, and Matthew (along with OC Executive Director Katherine Carleton) joined with colleagues from across the artistic spectrum that day to meet with Ontario MPPs, making the case for public investment in the arts in communities across the province. They were articulate and persuasive spokespeople for orchestras, and they did us all proud!