Gabe Salazar will be the new artistic director of the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida following a nationwide search, the chorus announced late last week.
Salazar, an enthusiastic and experienced conductor, singer and music educator skilled in fostering the artistic development of musicians from all backgrounds of life, brings more than 15 years of experience to the chorus.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Canyon University, Master of Music from Lee University and a post-baccalaureate degree in music education from California State University – Fullerton. The last choral group he led doubled in size in one year and won numerous awards at festivals and competitions. Salazar made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in March 2019.
“I am truly honored and excited to be chosen as the chorus’s next artistic director. I am passionate about the mission and excited to bring my talent together with those of the singers to create great music. Together, we will build the ensemble so that it becomes an even stronger force to serve our mission and the community,” said Salazar in the press release announcing his appointment.
Although he does not officially begin until July, Salazar is already engaged in conversations with chorus leaders and members about the 2021-2022 season and further announcements are expected over the summer.
For more information, go to GMCSF.org.
Palm Beach Symphony Announces 2021-22 Season
The Palm Beach Symphony unveiled its upcoming 2021-22 season, featuring a roster of top-tier soloists, including pianists Hélène Grimaud, Yefim Bronfman and Maria João Pires, violinist Midori and clarinetist Jon Manasse. Music Director Gerard Schwarz will again lead the symphony in a season of five Masterworks Series concerts at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.
“Returning to performing before live audiences is something of a rebirth and we have put together a Renaissance season,” said Maestro Schwarz. “The season celebrates the enduring power of many of the great masterworks, including an entire concert devoted to Mozart’s brilliant compositions in the last year of his life, while we also rejoice in being together again with the shared thrill of discovery in seldom heard works.”
The Palm Beach Symphony season begins Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 and runs through Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Five-concert Masterworks Series subscription packages begin at $100 and are available at PalmBeachSymphony.org.