Oh Susanna: Omaha hires MSO Concert Master Susanna Perry Gilmore



Susanna Perry Gilmore
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Memphis's loss is Nebraska's gain. Susanna Perry Gilmore will remain in Memphis throughout the 2011-12 season, but after that the violinist who's performed as the Memphis Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster since 1997, is off to Omaha.Perry has been selected as the new concertmaster for the Omaha Symphony.

Perry will perform as soloist for the MSO's opening Masterworks concerts September 17 and 18, playing Korngold's Violin Concerto.

From the MSO's announcement

MSO President/CEO Ryan Fleur called her a leader and a "driving force" in the organization, exemplified by two popular MSO programs designed by musicians - Opus One and Leading From Every Chair. Gilmore helped plan both programs from inception. Her enthusiasm and ideas were instrumental in making Opus One a success among critics and audiences.

Fleur said the Omaha orchestra quickly recognized a star in the violinist when she performed as a guest. "She has superb technique and will be a great orchestral leader," he said, adding, "Susanna's talents as a teacher and community leader will be put to good use there."

The Memphis Symphony will hold auditions to find her successor.

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