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Reno Philharmonic passes the baton – Laura Jackson named new conductor

laurajacksonThe Reno Philharmonic Orchestra introduced its newest leader this week with the naming of Laura Jackson as conductor. Jackson brings a diverse background and an impressive resume.

Most recently, Jackson served as assistant conductor/American conducting fellow with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has held several orchestral as well as academic posts, and has served as a guest conductor with numerous first-rate orchestras.

“Whenever you work with an orchestra, there’s always a chemistry element, and you never know what that’s going to be,” Jackson told the Reno-Gazette Journal. “With this orchestra, I felt an immediate chemistry. I really, genuinely mean that. I sort of fell in love. I felt that they were very willing to play with their entire soul. They put everything they had into it.”

In choosing Jackson, the Reno Philharmonic performed an extensive search, and showcased the five finalists during a program called “Last Conductor Standing.”

Jackson is the fourth conductor to lead the Reno Philharmonic, and the first woman. For more information on concerts and tickets, visit the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra online.