HSO Selects Adam Boyles For Assistant Conductor Position

A month after its Battle of the Batons concerts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra announced its new Assistant Conductor: Adam Kerry Boyles, the current Director of Orchestras at M.I.T. in Cambridge and music director of the Brookline Symphony Orchestra.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Adam Kerry Boyles to the HSO family," Maestra Carolyn Kuan said in a press release. "He brings a potent combination of musical artistry, an engaging communication style, and creative education programming ideas to our community."

For the audition concerts, Boyles conducted the HSO in performances of Debussy's Prélude à "L'après-midi d'un faune" and two movements of Bottesini's Double Bass Concerto, featuring orchestra member Rick Rozie as the soloist.

As he settles into his new role, Boyles will program and conduct the Discovery Series performances of "Exploring Emotions," for area children, and will begin work with Kuan on this summer's Talcott Mountain Music Festival, among other responsibilities.

"It is an honor and a joy to be appointed assistant conductor of the HSO," Boyles said in the press release. "In our work together, I have felt a strong sense of collaboration and positive energy from the orchestra, and I hope to be able to serve them, Maestra Kuan, the organization, and the musical community of Hartford to the best of my abilities."

The new position, HSO director of artistic operations Stephen Collins told the Courant last month, is "expense-neutral."

"We have money set aside for guest conductors that will be directed toward this position," Collins said. "A lot of folks are asking that question. It's a real investment in the value of the orchestra."

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