A Message from the Music Director


S. Shade Zajac Photo by Howard Owens

S. Shade Zajac                Photo by Howard Owens

Dear friends,

I am beyond honored to be your new conductor and music director and am looking forward to an exciting and vibrant inaugural season. We have some wonderful music in store for you including some “old favorites” and pieces you may never have heard before.

Our season will start with Dana Wilson’s fiery “Shortcut Home”, and the lush and expansive Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. The Program will also include two of our three Young Artist winners.

Next we will have our annual Holiday Concert that will provide a fresh take on holiday favorites. The concert will also feature our third and final Young Artist Winner and renowned soprano Emily Helenbrook.

Our third concert is one of epic proportions as world renowned pianist Brian Preston joins the GSO to bring you the first Piano Concerto of Johannes Brahms. Finally we will close out our season by venturing into the vast beyond of space with Gustav Holst’s beloved piece “The Planets”.

The orchestra and I are excited to bring you this season and we hope to see you all at the concerts!

~S. Shade Zajac