Conductor of Bangor Symphony Orchestra steps down

Posted Oct. 21, 2008, at 10:42 a.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:17 a.m.

BANGOR — Bangor Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor for the past six seasons, Xiao-Lu Li, has resigned, citing personal reasons.

“Under the leadership of Xiao-Lu Li these past six seasons the orchestra has seen growth in many ar-eas,” said Samuel W. Lanham, Jr., BSO’s board of directors president. The orchestra, under Li’s leadership has contracted several new musicians, presented satellite concerts throughout Maine, and has seen an enrichment in its education program curriculum, Lanham said in a press release.

“We are pleased that our current Concertmaster is more than ready to step in and lead,” said Lanham. “Trond Saeverud will lead our Symphony in our upcoming performances at the Waterville Opera House on Oct. 25 and Peakes Auditorium in Bangor on Nov. 2.”

“The board will be working with Executive Director David Whitehill to chart the best course for the remaining concerts of this season,” Lanham said.

Trond Saeverud is founder and music director of the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony and currently conducts the University of Maine at Farmington Orchestra. Trond Saeverud had a successful London debut in 1992 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. His New York debut was as soloist with the Or-chestra of St. Luke’s at the Lincoln Center. He has been a frequent soloist with orchestras in Norway and Denmark and has produced CD’s with orchestras in both countries and regularly premieres new works dedicated to him, Lanham said.

Trond lives in Robbinston, where he is the artistic director of the Harald Saeverud Chamber Music Program – an international camp and festival for advanced music students.

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