The Loudoun Symphony Orchestra recently announced it has selected Kim Allen Kluge as Music Director of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, according to a press release.
The symphony received interest from more than 100 conductors from all over the world for the position, the release states. The search committee then chose four conductor finalists who prepared a concert for the LSO’s 2022 to 2023 season.
LSO’s musicians and concert attendees participated in the process by evaluating each candidate’s effectiveness and performance after each concert that was presented.
Maestro Kluge’s experience includes serving as conductor of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra for more than 27 years. During his time in that role, he became a leader in the Washington Inter-Arts Movement to create many social justice arts programs and projects including the first El Sistema program in the Washington, D.C., region as well as the Music Diaries Project, a grassroots inter-arts approach designed to bring greater diversity and inclusiveness to performing arts organizations.
Maestro Kluge composes socially conscious music in partnership with his wife, Kathryn. They created the score for Martin Scorcese’s movie “Silence” and have aligned themselves with filmmakers who share their passion for using art to build bridges of understanding between people.
“I believe in the power of music to inspire, transcend, unite communities and to bring about positive change in the world. I’m thrilled to join the Loudoun Symphony Association and the Loudoun community as we create music together! See you at the concerts,” Kluge said in a statement.
Loudoun Symphony Board President, Matt Banner, said Kluge brings a wealth of knowledge and experience.
“His passion for music and community were evident in his finalist concert. Kim’s strong desire to collaborate makes for a bright future for the Loudoun Symphony and our entire community,” Banner said.
Now in its 32nd season, Loudoun Symphony offers a full season of seven in-person orchestral concerts as well as virtual performances.
The educational outreach program includes the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra program which now provides performance opportunities for students through four ensembles and training through a week-long Summer Orchestral Institute.
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