3rd CSO candidate to conduct 'Gatsby'

Sean Newhouse will conduct the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Jan. 9-11 at the Sottile Theatre.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra's third Masterworks program, featuring Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and John Harbison's "Remembering Gatsby," is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9-11 at the Sottile Theatre, 44 George St.

The Rhapsody will be performed by guest pianist Andrew Armstrong.

The concerts will be conducted by Sean Newhouse, the third of six candidates for music director.

The Charleston Symphony Orchestra League is sponsoring a public meet-and-greet for each of the candidates. The third "Coffee with the Maestro," with Newhouse, is planned for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St.

The Q&A session, free and open to the public, will be led 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.

Newhouse served as music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, as associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

He studied at the Tanglewood Music Center, the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, among others. Originally trained as a violinist, Newhouse's conducting mentors include James Levine, David Zinman, Carl Topilow and Neil Varon.

For more information about Newhouse and the other candidates, and to buy tickets for Masterworks performances, visit CharlestonSymphony.org.

Tickets also may be purchased by calling 723-7528, ext. 110.