Public Q&A planned for second CSO music director candidate

Christopher Wilkins

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra’s second Masterworks program, featuring Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, Mozart’s Overture to “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, played by soloist Karen Gomyo, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-16 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

The concerts will be conducted by Christopher Wilkins, the second of six candidates for music director.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League is sponsoring a public meet-and-greet for each of the candidates. The second “Coffee With the Maestro,” with Wilkins, is planned for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St. A Q&A session, free and open to the public, will be hosted by Post and Courier arts writer Adam Parker.

Three pre-concert conversations hosted by William D. Gudger and free to all ticket holders, are scheduled for 6:30-7 p.m. at the Sottile Theatre.

Wilkins serves as music director of the Orlando Philharmonic, the Akron Symphony and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra.

As a guest conductor, Wilkins has appeared with many leading orchestras of the U.S., and overseas for numerous concerts in the U.K., New Zealand, Spain and throughout Latin America.

He has served as music director of the San Antonio Symphony and the Colorado Springs Symphony, and is currently artistic adviser to the Opera Theatre of the Rockies in Colorado Springs.

Wilkins, of Boston, earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1978. He studied with Otto-Werner Mueller at Yale University, receiving his master of music degree in 1981.

As an oboist, he performed with many ensembles in the Boston area, including the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra at Tanglewood and the Boston Philharmonic under Benjamin Zander.

For more information about Wilkins and the other five candidates, and to buy tickets for any of the Masterworks performances, visit CharlestonSymphony.org. Tickets also may be purchased by calling 723-7528, ext. 110.

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