Symphony NH Welcome Series of Guest Conductors

For Immediate Release
Contact: Audrey Alessi
(603) 595-9156

Symphony NH Welcome Guest Conductors

NASHUA N.H.— Symphony NH announces guest conductors for the remaining orchestra concerts in the 2017-18 season. Lidiya Yankovskaya, Joseph R. Olefirowicz, Roderick Cox, Eric Garcia and Sameer Patel bring their notable range of experience to New Hampshire audiences this season from the San Diego Symphony, the Chicago Opera Theater, the Minnesota Orchestra and more.

Lidiya Yankovskaya is hailed as “superb,” and “expert,” while “coax[ing] every possible expressive note from the instrumentalists.” This Russian born conductor serves as Music Director with Chicago Opera Theater and Artistic Director with Juventas New Music Ensemble/Boston New Music Festival and Refugee Orchestra Project.  She has held previous positions including conductor with Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Music Director with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, and as Music Director with Harvard’s Lowell House Opera. Lidiya Yankovskaya joins Symphony NH to conduct Copland and Barber, featuring Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer on November 11 in Nashua.

Joseph R. Olefirowicz brings his symphonic work world-wide, making appearances at the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, Russian National Symphony, Springfield Symphony Hall and more. In 2018 he will guest conduct with the Vienna Volksopera for his 11th season which features a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel and will revive his award-winning production of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.  He also continues to collaborate locally in Nashua as Artistic Director of the First Concert Series and Minister of Music of the First Church of Nashua.  See Joseph Olefirowicz conduct Holiday Pops with the internationally touring Americana band Act of Congress on December 9 in Nashua and December 10 in Concord.

Roderick Cox has been recognized as "a trailblazer...a conductor who will be in the vanguard" (Minnesota Star Tribune). He currently serves as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, and has conducted with the Cleveland and Chineke! Orchestras, and Seattle and Santa Fe Symphonies. In 2016 he conducted a performance for the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.  Roderick Cox will conduct an All Beethoven program with violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins on January 27 in Nashua.

Eric Garcia currently serves as Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic. Garcia previously served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, conducting subscription, education, pops, and community concerts. He served as producer for recordings on the Naxos label and conductor for Brandi Carlile’s acclaimed Columbia Records release: Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony. He has collaborated with such esteemed artists as Marvin Hamlisch, Herbie Hancock, Cirque de la Symphonie, Pink Martini, The Chieftains, Assad Brothers, and Indigo Girls. Garcia will conduct Mozart and Bach on March 16 in Concord and March 17 in Nashua.

Sameer Patel, currently serving as the Associate Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, is one of America's most exciting young conductors recognized for his versatile musicianship and passionate communication. In summer 2016, Sameer was selected among 120 conductors to study at Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy.  In 2013, he was one of only six selected by the League of American Orchestras for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Sameer Patel joins Symphony NH to conduct Beethoven 9 with Symphony NH on April 7 in Nashua.

This series of concerts featuring acclaimed guest conductors begins at Symphony NH’s next performance on November 11 with Lidiya Yankovskaya conducting Copland and Barber at Keefe Center for the Arts, 117 Elm Street, Nashua, NH at 8 pm.  Veterans and Active Duty Military receive free tickets to this program thanks to generous support from BAE Systems.  Regular tickets are $18 - $49, with senior discounts, $10 student tickets, and free tickets for children 15 and under.  For more information visit or call (603) 595-9156.