MEET THE ORCHESTRA
Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra
Concertmaster Reiko Niiya**
* Dorothy Munsch Chair
Principal: William Larsen**
*Don & Joan Calder Chair
Asst. Concertmaster: Hannah Cho
* Carol Robinson Chair
*Irene Helms Chair
Principal Second: Galen Kaup
Asst. Principal Second: Danut Muresan
Principal: Rebecca Diderrich
Assistant Principal: Jean Phelan
*Francis and June Bailey Chair
*Mr. & Mrs. Dick Knowles Chair
Principal: Susannah Kelly
Asst. Principal: Antonio Innaimo
*Ruth and Robert Diefenbach Chair
*Mr. and Mrs. Blaharski Chair
Julie Cornwall *
Principal: Joseph Trunk**+
Assistant Principal: Alex Albanese**
*Miriam Manpel Chair
Principal: Kay Kemper*
Principal: Hyojin Ahn
*Jeanne Fuchs Chair
* 10+ years with the Symphony
** 20+ years with the Symphony
† Currently on leave of absence
Principal: Dione Chandler
*Katherine Caldwell and Jerry Havill Chair Jennifer Potochnic+
* Maxim and Carol Ehrlich Chair
Principal: Michael Forte**
*John & Esther Dick Chair
Scott Ellington Stacey McColley*
Principal: Michael Ellert**
*Cliff & Tina Parker Chair
Principal: Gene Berger
*John Madden Chair
Asst. Pr./Utility: Sharon Janezic+
*John & Joanne Votaw Chair
*Mary M. Laurel Chair
Principal: Kristopher Marshall+
*Rev. Gary and Christine LaCroix Chair Acting Principal: Kyra Sovronsky
Principal: Richard Harris
Bass Trombone: John Thevenet +
Principal: Tom Kracmer**
*Gabriel and Muriel Freedman Chair
Principal: Todd Betz**
*Don and Jane King Chair
Principal: Tom Suta**
*David and Jean Elliott Chair
Paul Nadler, Conductor Emeritus
Maestro Paul Nadler led The Southwest Florida Symphony for 16 years from 1990 to 2006. During his tenure the Symphony soared to new heights – while Maestro Nadler continued to distinguish himself as one of the world’s most exciting symphonic and operatic conductors.
Since his debut in 1989, Nadler has conducted over 50 performances at the Metropolitan Opera and has led some of the world’s most renowned soloists and musicians including; Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Glenn Dicterow, Garrick Ohlsson, Misha Dichter and Elmar Olivera.
In April 2006, he took over as musical director and conductor of Fidelio, at The Met.
In December 2002, Maestro Nadler was invited to conduct at the Kennedy Center Awards ceremony in the segment honoring James Levine. Co-director/founder of the International Vocal Arts Institute. Maestro Nadler returns each summer to this prestigious professional workshop.
In 2004, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Filarmonica de Stat Iasi (Romania). In August 2005, Nadler conducted the Chautauqua Music Festival, and during the 2005-06 Season he returned to the Mannes College Orchestra and to the podium of the Bucharest Philharmonic.
Maestro Nadler has also conducted extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
The Southwest Florida Symphony is very grateful for Paul Nadler’s many years of leadership and friendship. We are also pleased to announce he will have an enduring role with us as Conductor Emeritus.
Michael Hall, Conductor
Hailed as having “talent to burn” by the Winnipeg Free Press, Maestro Hall’s career includes guest appearances with some of the finest orchestras in North America, including the Houston Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Windsor Symphony, as well as the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. In Central America, Hall has worked with the Orquesta Sinfionica Nacional de Costa Rica.
Michael Hall has a special relationship with the Tucson Symphony, where he has been a frequent guest conductor over the past 8 seasons. He will appear with the orchestra twice during the upcoming 2012/13 season.
Maestro Michael Hall recently concluded his 5th successful season as Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony. His drive for artistic excellence, innovative thematic programming, and collaborations with celebrated guest artists resulted in unprecedented artistic growth, audience praise, and enthusiastic reviews. Some of the Southwest Florida Symphony’s highlights during Maestro Hall’s tenure include two world premieres commissioned and performed for the orchestra’s 50th anniversary season and the new “Discovery Concerts” where Hall takes audiences on an in-depth journey behind the music. Hall also implemented new community concerts with performances to enthusiastic full houses around the entire region.
The successful partnerships between Hall and the orchestras he has collaborated with have received consistent critical acclaim:
“Hall really took charge in Gustav Holst’s Mars, The Bringer of War and was true to the written manuscript in a way that few conductors are today.” (Winnipeg Free Press)
“Hall’s allegros were brisk, sculpted, crisp. In some of the quiet, slow movements, Hall dared to be extra quiet and extra slow, striking a mood but never losing the line.” (Orange County Register)
“Hall’s sense of phrasing, magical sweep, and care for a blended balance, all added up to a sensational performance. The build-up pathway to the final coda was simply thrilling. The manner in which the orchestra has continued to grow in musical style and discipline under his direction has been awesome.”(Naples Daily News)
Before being appointed Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, Michael Hall held the position of Associate Conductor with the Pacific Symphony in California, where he developed innovative Family Concerts based on his own original scripts. Hall’s success in California led to his initial three year position being extended to an unprecedented six year tenure.
During Michael’s appointment as Resident Conductor with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, he worked with the orchestra in every concert series, most notably in their acclaimed New Music Festival. Michael was featured with the WSO in the acclaimed series “Whole Notes” on BRAVO hosted by the renowned pianist Jon Kimura Parker. Upon completion of his tenure, Hall was awarded the “Keys to the City” by Mayor Glen Murray for his outstanding contributions to the arts.
Maestro Hall has developed a reputation as a keen educator of young musicians, having conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras including the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University. Hall has also been proud to act as guest clinician with numerous honor orchestras.
Hall holds a Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Michigan, studying with renowned conducting pedagogue Gustav Meier, and a DipRAM from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Sir Colin Davis. While studying in England, Hall also held the position of Assistant conductor of the Havant Symphony Orchestra in the UK.
Recognized for his talent among his peers, Maestro Hall was a finalist in the 2003 International Conducting Competition in Besançon France, and was awarded Third Prize in the 2004 Cadaques Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Spain.
The Southwest Florida Symphony would like to thank Michael for his years of exceptional, dedicated service to the orchestra and to the community. He brought the orchestra to new heights of artistic achievement, while garnering enthusiastic audience response. The organization congratulates Michael on his new position as Visiting Artist at the School of Music at Ball State University in Indiana and wishes him all the best on his new artistic endeavors.