Maestro Ken Bowermeister, music director and conductor of The Venice Symphony since 2009, will be retiring his post after the 2015-2016 season. Maestro Imre Palló guest conductor during the 2014-2015 season will be come interim conductor starting in 2016.
Recognized today as an outstanding cultural organization in the South Sarasota County area, the Venice Symphony's recent growth is greatly due to Bowermeister's leadership. With Bowermeister's departure, the Venice Symphony will be venturing upon a new journey with the next individual to lead the orchestra until a permanent conductor is found. Born in Hungary, Imre Palló began studying music at an early age with the support of his godfather, composer Zoltán Kodály. Part of his music education involved studying with Hans Swarowsky at the Vienna Academy of Music.
In 1973, Palló made his American debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Palló was the music director of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic in New York State and has numerous long-term engagements as conductor in Europe and in the United States. Like Bowermeister, Palló has a background in education, having been a professor of music at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music and chairman of the Instrumental Conducting Department. He was a professor, pro-dean and chairman of Conducting and Opera Production at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.
For additional information and a complete 2015-2016 schedule visit The Venice Symphony Website