Diane Wittry, currently the musical director of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, has been named artistic director for the new International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians in association with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bosnia. This program will identify musicians to spend up to 10 months performing with the Sarajevo Philharmonic. Wittry will select the musicians from the United States to participate in this program and she will conduct concerts with the Sarajevo Philharmonic as part of the Exchange Program.
Due to this recent appointment, along with her continued music director/conductor position with the Allentown Symphony in Pennsylvania, Wittry will not be able to renew her contract and continue in her current role as music director and conductor of the Norwalk Symphony. Wittry made her debut at the Norwalk Symphony during the opening concert of the 2002-2003 season. Wittry's contract expires in June 2011.
Wittry stated: "I have loved working with the fabulous musicians of the Norwalk Symphony. They always play with musical commitment and heart and soul. We have performed some wonderful concerts together. I will miss all of the musicians, the volunteers and my good friends in the audience."
Upon hearing the news, long time Norwalk Symphony orchestra member, bassoonist and a past Board president, Richard Epstein said, "Diane Wittry has been responsible for bringing innovative programming, dynamic energy and increasing the quality level of our performances. Her insights into music and the role of a music director, and the connections to our community she forged made her a bright star in classical music here in a time of challenge for the medium. We will miss her greatly."
Wittry was known for her creative and innovative programming and her use of multi-media, actors and dancers in her concerts. Her final concert with the Norwalk Symphony, "Rhythmic Celebration" will be on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. in the Norwalk Concert Hall. The program will showcase Guitarist Jorge Caballero and his violinist wife, Norwalk Symphony Associate Concertmaster, Maria Conti. It is a program of Latin Rhythms featuring music from the "Three Cornered Hat" by Manuel DeFalla, "Tangazo" by Astor Piazzolla, and "Conga" by Miguel Del Aguila. The two soloists will be featured in Piazzolla's "Double Concerto for Guitar and Bandoneon." The Bandoneon part will be played by Conti on the violin.
There is a gala dinner at 5:30 before the concert. For tickets and information call 203- 956-6771 or go to: www.NorwalkSymphony.org .