A Tony Award winner who worked with Billy Joel

GREENWICH — The Greenwich Symphony Orchestra has announced a new music director after a search that began in late spring 2020 included every finalist taking the podium to conduct a concert.

A panel of musicians and board members selected Stuart Malina, Tony Award winner and conductor/conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania.

Joshua Gersen, Mélisse Brunet, Martin Majkut and Ransom Wilson were the other finalists for the position and were thanked for their time, but Malina’s experience in developing the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra appealed to the search committee, a said GSO Board Chairman Peter Tesei.

“I expect that with his depth of experience globally and having done so in several other communities, we will be in great shape to have a really exciting 2022-2023 season,” Tesei said. .

Malina began working on a schedule for the fall as soon as he was notified of his hiring, Tesei said.

“I think he’s looking to appeal to a wider audience by expanding not just the classical music repertoire but other kinds of programming in the broader community for pop and maybe musicals,” he said. -he declares. “I think he really focuses on the core, which is classical music, but then building on that.”

The board hopes to broaden the reach of the symphony with Malina’s help and attract younger crowds with pop concerts, one of Malina’s qualities.

“We want to make a bigger effort to have a broader reach, and I think we’re really focused on appealing to those who live within a 30-minute drive of the Performing Arts Center, because they have a world-class classical music within a half-hour drive,” Tesei said.

Malina is in his 21st season conducting and directing the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, which he notes in his website biography has grown tremendously during his tenure.

The Lake Placid Sinfonietta, the orchestra of the Adirondacks, named Malina its musical director in September 2019; he made his St. Louis Symphony debut last December.

In 2013, he served as guest conductor of the Florida Orchestra, leading the group in nine series each season. One of its series, the Coffee series, has been praised by the community.

“He has a very engaging personality,” Tesei said. “He engages members of the public, after the concert, to hear feedback, answer questions, perhaps generate interest for future concerts.”

Malina graced the Carnegie Hall stage in 2007 when he fronted the New York Pops while playing keyboards. In addition to his talents as a conductor, his keyboard skills have won him praise.

Malina has crafted dozens of arrangements and compositions, ranging from pop performances to symphonic masterpieces.

In 2003, his work orchestrating the musical “Movin’ Out” alongside Billy Joel won a Tony Award.

He studied at Harvard University, the Yale School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.

He lives in Harrisburg with his wife Marty and their children, Sara and Zev.

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