Symphony farewell for Windham on Sunday

THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

On Sunday, the Spokane Youth Symphony will say hello to Gustav Holst and goodbye to Verne Windham.

Windham will preside over his final concert after 15 years as artistic director and conductor of the senior ensemble, the Spokane Youth Orchestra.

The title of the concert is “Bon Voyage, Verne!” Windham is retiring from the orchestra and will be replaced next season by Julián Gómez Giraldo, who is also the director of orchestras at Eastern Washington University.

Gómez Giraldo was selected for the job this month after an extensive search.

Sunday’s program will feature Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” Edward Elgar’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor, and Holst’s “The Planets.”

Windham will also present the organization’s year-end awards and recognize the seniors who have progressed through the four orchestras of the Spokane Youth Symphony. Expect him to receive plenty of tributes as well.

Windham will retire from this job but will continue as program director of KPBX-FM (Spokane Public Radio), along with many of his other musical gigs.

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