Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Lucas Richman Renews Contract

KNOXVILLE, TN – Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Lucas Richman has extended his contract with the KSO for three more years. This extension takes Maestro Richman through 2010-2011, the KSO’s 75th Anniversary season. <!– @page { size: 8.5in 11in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } –> June 10, 2008

Lucas Richman has done a great job leading the KSO during the last five years,” says Board President Jeffrey Lee. “He has taken the orchestra to new artistic levels while at the same time sharing with us his passion for music and his deep commitment to educational programs. Our organization is heading in the right direction and Maestro Richman is an integral part of that momentum.”

Lucas Richman recently completed his fifth season as Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. He comes to Knoxville from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where he was Resident and Assistant Conductor from 1998 through 2004. Over the past five years he has introduced a nationally award winning Music and Wellness program and reinstituted the Family Series featuring his original animated character, Picardy Penguin.

The KSO has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee since 1935. Under the leadership of Lucas Richman, the orchestra consists of more than 80 professional musicians and performs more than 250 programs throughout East Tennessee each season. Performing in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium, and in non-traditional places like hospitals, school classrooms, nursing homes, city parks and churches, the KSO reaches more than 200,000 people throughout the region each year.