Conductor Katherine Kilbourne to conduct guest Mansfield Symphony Family Concerts



Through October 14, 2021 1:15 P.M.

MANSFIELD — Conductor Katherine Kilburn is no stranger to the professional Mansfield orchestra – her husband, Octavio Más-Arocas, is the musical director of the Mansfield Symphony – but she doesn’t often get the chance to perform. enjoy her performances from the podium, as she will when she takes the stage at the Symphony’s Family Pops concert this month.

Dr. Kilburn, a well-respected musician, conductor and educator, will lead the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra for their “Operation Bridge Building” live educational concerts on October 21 and 22, as well as lead the orchestra at the Pops concert on October 23. Currently, Maestra Kilburn is Associate Director of Orchestras at Michigan State University College of Music, having conducted orchestral programs at Cornell University and Kent State University.

As a recipient of the Thelma A. Robinson Conducting Award, Dr Kilburn has served as Deputy Conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra, El Paso Opera House, Hot Springs Music Festival, Bowling Green State University Philharmonia and St. Louis Symphony Chorus. , as well as conductor of the wind ensemble of the Academy of the Arts of Interlochen and many others. Ms Kilburn assisted Sir Simon Rattle for performances by Peter Grimes at the Salzburg Easter Festival and toured with world renowned clarinetists David Shifrin and Alexander Fiterstein. A champion of new music, she has conducted numerous world and American premieres, at Lincoln Center in New York, and has participated in several premiere recordings, including some on the Naxos American Classics / Milken Archive label.

“I am delighted to be returning to lead the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra for what promises to be an exhilarating Halloween Pops concert featuring all-time favorites like ET and the Sound of Music,” said Dr Kilburn. “It’s always nice to come back to this wonderful city full of charm and culture, and to be a part of the live music of this vibrant and grateful community.”

The Family Pops concert will feature the winner of the 2020 Symphony “Mash-Up” singing competition, Audrey Lee-Strohm, who currently teaches voice and piano at the Richland Academy of the Arts and is a 2016 graduate of the Bowling Green University with a specialization in cinema. Production and vocal music, as well as a former singer of the Ohio Light Opera. Also on the program, popular pieces such as “Skyfall” by James Bond, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables and other favorites. From 7:00 p.m., everyone is invited to enjoy an “Instrument Petting Zoo” presented by Metronome Music in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater before the start of the concert.

This concert is made possible by the presenter of the Renaissance Theater Symphony Series, OhioHealth, with additional support from Metronome Music. The Operation Bridge Building program is made possible by the Rupp Donor-Advised Fund of the Richland County Foundation and the Gimbel Foundation.

For tickets for the Mansfield Symphony Family Pops concert, visit, or call the box office at 419-522-2726 ext. 200.

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