Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dingwall Fleary, Conductor of McLean Symphony from 1972 & Reston Community Orchestra from 1996

[Dingwall Fleary]

Maestro Dingwall Fleary came to our attention a year ago. On Dec. 21, 2009 AfriClassical posted: 'Reston Community Orchestra Performs 'A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.' Jan. 16.' Maestro Fleary and the Reston Community Orchestra will present the Fifth Annual Memorial Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 6 PM at the Reston Community Center. This year we wanted to consider the impressive career of Dingwall Fleary before focusing on the Fifth Annual Memorial Tribute.

“Maestro Fleary celebrates his 14th year as RCO music director and principal conductor.
Dingwall Fleary is the conductor of two orchestras in Northern Virginia. They are the Reston Community Orchestra, to which he was appointed in 1996, and The McLean Symphony, of which he is the founding music director since its inception in 1972.

“In May, 2006 the Virginia General Assembly and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized him for his musical leadership in Northern Virginia, and cited what was then his ten years of service as conductor of the Reston Community Orchestra. Highly regarded for his musicianship, he has distinguished himself as a conductor, pianist, harpsichordist, organist and chamber musician.

“A native of St. Louis, Fleary’s hold degrees from the University of Kansas, at Lawrence, and the School of Music at Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois. Prior to moving to Northern Virginia in 1969, he taught music and helped to develop a Kinder Music Program for pre-school children at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, NY. Between 1970 to 1972 he studied, taught and performed extensively at the L'Accademia di Chigiana, in Siena, Italy”

“He created and performs in a two-man production titled, 'The Measure of a Man: The Life of Paul Robeson - A History through Words and Music' as pianist and narrator, which had its first performance at the National Archives in 1987. It has since been presented in schools, universities and private organizations throughout the country.

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