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This Weekend, Michael Rossi Conducts an All-Gershwin Evening with the Signature Symphony

Aired on Thursday, September 11th.

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College continues its search for a new artistic director and conductor, and the field has narrowed to three young finalists, each of whom is a promising talent amid the next generation of American conductors. As the Symphony begins its new season of concerts, each of these finalists will be given the chance to wave the baton, as it were, during an actual concert. Actually, during two different concerts -- throughout this season, each finalist will be the guest conductor of the orchestra for an evening of pops as well as a classical concert; these special shows are of course intended to highlight the programming and performing skills of the three candidates in question. Our guest on ST is the first of these candidates, Michael Rossi, who will lead the Signature Symphony in an all-Gershwin concert on Friday and Saturday nights (the 12th and 13th) at the TCC's VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education, located at 10300 E. 81st Street. Both concerts begin at 7:30pm; call 918-595-7777 for tickets or more info. (You can learn more about the ongoing Signature Symphony artistic director and conductor search at this link, and more about Rossi himself here.)

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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