Maestro Paul Perry announces his plans to retire in 2008 |

Maestro Paul Perry announces his plans to retire in 2008

All good things come to an end….well almost. Paul Perry, artistic director/conductor for Music in the Mountains in Nevada City, announced at the last Fall Fest concert performance on Nov. 12, his intentions to retire and hand the baton over “to a new and fresh classical music voice….” at the closing concert of the 2008 Summer Fest.

He will be handing over the artistic directorship but not “leaving the building,” so to speak. Perry, who co-founded Music in the Mountains with Terry Brown, former executive director of 18 years with the organization, will continue to contribute to Music in the Mountains, possibly as artistic advisor.

The announcement was made by Perry during a sold-out house for the Solisti Glitterati Ensemble debut concert, and after a standing ovation for a surprise birthday celebration – compositions commissioned from four local composers, Mark Vance, Howard Hersh, Jay Sydeman and Jerry Grant, as a gift to celebrate Perry’s 70th birthday.

The “Portraits of Paul,” as the works were entitled “were totally stunning, beautifully evocative and a complete surprise, really overwhelming,” said Maestro Perry.

Who will replace the passionate and community minded Perry? The public will find out who the finalists are a year from now at the 2007 Fall Fest when finalists will be featured as guest conductors. Until that time, Music in the Mountains will be conducting a search for a new artistic director.

A search committee comprised of orchestra members, MIM’s Board of Directors and members from the community has been established. There will be an extensive search for the new artistic director which is expected to bring in upwards of 200 resumes.

“Our goal is to identify three to four excellent candidates who will rehearse and conduct Music in the Mountains orchestra beginning with the Fall Fest 2007 continuing through Summer Fest 2008,” says Wayne Pittenger, president of the Board of Directors for MIM. “Our next artistic director will be selected after these performances and visits by the finalists.”

Wayne Pittenger, MIM Board president, is chair of the the search committee. He says that details about the position will be posted soon on MIM’s website.

Questions about the position may be left at 530-265-6173 in a message for Pittenger or Jeff Leiter, who will be MIM’s new board president.

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