On the website San Francisco Classical Voice, Michael Zwiebach profiles and interviews Adolphus Hailstork, the Old Dominion University-based composer currently at work on a requiem cantata for George Floyd, whose killing by Minneapolis police ignited nationwide protests. The 79-year-old Hailstork discusses his long-evolving efforts to tap African-American musical roots within established classical forms and styles:
Ankush Kumar Bahl, who was one of five finalists auditioning this season to become music director of the Richmond Symphony, has been named the new music director of the Omaha Symphony.
The 43-year-old Bahl, a California native of Indian descent, will succeed Thomas Wilkins, the Virginia-born conductor who will have led the Omaha orchestra for 15 years when his tenure ends next season:
The Richmond Symphony selected Valentina Peleggi as its sixth music director. She begins her tenure on July 1.