Summer Philharmonic – Thomas Wilkins, guest conductor
Dzubay: Snake Alley (1989, rev. 1998 & 2014)
Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis of
Themes by Carl Maria von Weber
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op. 35
About the Conductor
Thomas Wilkins (guest conductor)
Thomas Wilkins is music director of the Omaha Symphony, a position he has held since 2005. In the fall of 2013 he renewed his contract with the Omaha Symphony through the 2017/2018 season. Since 2011 he has served as principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In the spring of 2014 he was promoted to principal conductor. He also holds the Germeshausen Family and Youth Concert Conductor chair with the Boston Symphony. Past positions have included resident conductor of the Detroit Symphony and Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and associate conductor of the Richmond (VA) Symphony. He also has served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Devoted to promoting a life-long enthusiasm for music, Thomas Wilkins brings energy and commitment to audiences of all ages. He is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences. Following his highly successful first season with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Globe named him among the “Best People and Ideas of 2011.” In 2014, Wilkins received the prestigious “Outstanding Artist” award at the Nebraska Governor’s Arts Awards, for his significant contribution to music in the state.
During his conducting career, he has led orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the Utah Symphony, and the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., to name a few.