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Lubbock Symphony Orchestra extends contract with Conductor David Cho


The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO) announced that Conductor David Cho will remain with the LSO through the 2019-2020 season. Cho will begin his seventh season as the music director at the LSO, which will open its 72nd season next month at the season’s first Masterworks Concert, Respighi’s Pines of Rome (September 21 and 22) at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre.

“During his years at the LSO, David Cho has worked to increase awareness of the Lubbock Symphony within the city, to discover new creative opportunities for our phenomenal orchestra and to better engage the community with the LSO’s mission,” said Galen Wixson, LSO president and CEO. “His creativity, energy and connection with our wonderful patron base will allow him to continue serving the LSO well for the years to come. We are so happy he agreed to extend his relationship with our organization.”

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Cho immigrated to the U.S. in 1985. Cho received a variety of music lessons as a child in Palos Verdes, California, before focusing exclusively on the piano. He attended Oberlin College and Conservatory, earning a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, as well as the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University where he earned a master’s degree in Piano Performance.

Cho was the New World Symphony conducting fellow for the 2003-2004 season, the resident conductor of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2006, held the Bruno Walter Resident Conductor Chair in the 2006-2007 season and was the associate conductor for the Utah Symphony from 2006 to 2011. Following guest appearances with the LSO in 2007 and 2009, Cho was appointed the orchestra’s seventh music director in 2011, beginning his tenure in the 2012-2013 season.

“Since arriving in Lubbock in 2011, I’ve enjoyed a great relationship with our community and developed a treasured family of fellow music-lovers with whom to share my passion for the orchestra,” Cho said. “I am honored to remain as the music director at the Lubbock Symphony, and I look forward to the many exciting opportunities unfolding in my next few years as the orchestra’s conductor.”

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the oldest community organizations in Lubbock. Founded in 1946, the LSO is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the South Plains region and is made up of talented professional musicians from all parts of the Lubbock Community. The LSO seeks to enhance the community by providing quality symphonic performances and educational experiences for thousands of children across the greater Lubbock area.

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