Newburgh Symphony Conductor Russell Ger Wins International Acclaim With Honors at Belgrade. Season Final show at Mount Saint Mary College is Saturday July 27.
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) will present “Broadway in Your Backyard” on Saturday, July 27 at 4 p.m. at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus in Newburgh. The program features four exciting soloists who have appeared on Broadway singing the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to name but a few.
Russell Ger Places Third in Belgrade Competition
Newburgh Russell Ger, Music Director and Conductor of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO), finished third in the Makris International Conducting Competition in Belgrade, Serbia, which included 36 competitors invited from around the world. Significantly, he was also the recipient of the special Orchestra Prize, nominated by the ensemble as their preferred candidate.
“It was pretty exhausting,” said Mr. Ger, who flew to Serbia on June 24 (two days after the GNSO Mahler concert) and returned to Newburgh on July 3 to begin rehearsals for the sold-out Boscobel concert of the GNSO on July 7. There were originally 100 applicants for the competition, with 36 selected to conduct in Belgrade. After the preliminary round there, 12 candidates were selected to advance to the semi-finals. At this stage, each candidate rehearsed the orchestra for 30 minutes and gave a short performance for the jury. From this group, Mr. Ger was chosen as one of four finalists to perform before a public audience, after which he placed third.
“I felt like I was on the run from the moment I got off the plane in Belgrade,” Mr. Ger said. “When we weren’t rehearsing or trying to memorize new music, we could only eat or sleep. No time for sightseeing. But, as exhausting as it was, it was tremendously satisfying to plant the flag of the GNSO in Europe in a victorious manner.”
Since there is no rest for the weary, Mr. Ger is now preparing for the GNSO’s final concert of the 2019-20 season – Broadway in Your Backyard – at Mount Saint Mary College’s Aquinas Hall on Saturday, July 27 at 4:00 pm.
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