William Henry Curry to speak on CAMELOT


William-Henry-Curry-Zirkle-Photo-300x238Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to welcome William Henry Curry to speak on its production of the classic Lerner & Loewe musical CAMELOT on Sunday, December 15th immediately following the performance of CAMELOT.  Tickets are free to anyone in attendance that afternoon.

WILLIAM HENRY CURRY is a composer, professor and conductor. He is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Durham Symphony. For twenty years, Maestro Curry was the Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director for the North Carolina Symphony. He came to the North Carolina Symphony by way of New Orleans where he served as Resident Conductor of the New Orleans Symphony.  A native of Pittsburgh, he became involved with music through a school program that provided him with free lessons and his chosen instrument, the viola. Eventually Curry became a conducting major at the Oberlin Conservatory and took his first professional position as Assistant Conductor with the Richmond Chamber Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (1975-1977). He went on to serve as Resident Conductor both with the Baltimore Symphony (1978-1983) and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (1983-1985) and was the Associate Conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (1983-1988).  Maestro Curry is the first and only African-American ever to be Music Director of a symphony orchestra in the southern United States. He has guest conducted many of the world’s greatest orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Maestro Curry was nominated for a Grammy and is the only person who has ever been the unanimous winner of the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition at Carnegie Hall.  He was the recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 2016 for his “extraordinary achievement in the Arts”. William Henry Curry credits his successful career to a great love and respect for music.