Press Release: Finalist, Music Director, Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Press Release: Finalist, Music Director, Delaware Symphony OrchestraFebruary 27, 2024 DATE2024-25 SeasonTIMELOCATIONWilmington, DelawarePress ReleaseABOUTMaestra is the first documentary by Director Maggie Contreras. David Letterman is one of the Executive Producers of the movie. The World Premiere was on 6/9/23 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Search: RECENT PERFORMANCESA Grand Finale! West Virginia SymphonyJanuary 1, 2024George Gershwin…

Two Black Churches: Okpebholo World Premiere

Two Black Churches: Okpebholo World PremiereMAY 18th, 2024 DATEMay 18, 2024TIME7:30 P.M. ETLOCATIONSingletary Center for the Arts 405 Rose St. Lexington, KY 40508Buy TicketsABOUT PROGRAM: MARY WATKINS- Soul of Remembrance ^ SHAWN E. OKPEBHOLO – Two Black Churches for orchestra *# WILL LIVERMAN, baritone CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS – Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony” * Lexington Philharmonic co-commission…

In the New York Times!

In the New York Times!June 9, 2023 DATEJune 9, 10, 15, 2023TIMELOCATIONWorldwideGo to the Festival HereABOUTThe Maestra documentary Director, Maggie Contreras, is featured in the New York Times, “A New Film Shines a Light on Women Conductors”, an article by Farah Nayeri. Excerpt: “What would you like your film to achieve? I want people to…

“Maestra”, featuring Mélisse

“Maestra”, featuring Mélissemarch 1, 2023 DATEMarch 1, 2023TIMETBALOCATIONTBARead Full Article HereABOUT”The Midwestern state of Iowa is an unusual place to find a Parisian. But Mélisse has always marched to the beat of her own drum and forged her own path. She’s had to. Born and raised in Paris and after attending the Paris Conservatoire, she…

Mélisse (on poster) featured in the documentary “Maestra”, by Director Maggie Contreras

Mélisse (on poster) featured in the documentary “Maestra”, by Director Maggie ContrerasMarch 1, 2023 DATEMarch 1, 2023TIMETBALOCATIONTBARead Full Article HereABOUT”‘Maestra’ follows five internationally-based women as they prepare for and perform in La Maestra, the only competition in the world for female orchestra conductors. Personal stories of survival, passion and perseverance are woven together with the…

Herald Leader’s Article by Rich Copley

Herald Leader’s Article by Rich CopleyJuly 11, 2022 DATEJuly 12, 2022TIMELOCATIONRead Full Article HereABOUTMélisse Brunet thought she was just picking up a last-minute guest conducting gig in May, when she came to Lexington to lead the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra’s season finale concert. She was stepping in for the sixth and final candidate for the orchestra’s…

Review of the Competition La Maestra

Review of the Competition La MaestraMarch 12, 2022 DATEMarch 4, 2022TIMELOCATIONCité de la Musique Paris, FranceRead Article HereABOUT Excerpts from Christophe Huss’s article in Le Devoir (Montreal), today from La Maestra Paris competition: “notablement, ici, la Française Mélisse Brunet, dernière candidate à passer vendredi, qui a dynamisé un orchestre épuisé et relu interprétativement la 2e…

Stepping in with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Stepping in with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestrajanuary 15, 2022 DATESaturday, January 15, 2022TIME7:30 P.M.LOCATIONOne Clay Square Charleston, WV, 25301Buy TicketsABOUTStepping in last minute to conduct the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra!!! On the program: Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio, side by side with the WV Youth Symphony Kevin Puts: Flute concerto, featuring Annie Wu Schumann: Symphony…