We asked new East Metro Symphony Orchestra director Craig Hara to tell us about his background and his new role.
How did you become acquainted with EMSO?
I was substitute conducting a rehearsal of another orchestra, and one of the musicians there, who is a regular member of EMSO, mentioned to me that EMSO was doing a search for a new music director/conductor … While I have conducted a number of different ensembles from time to time, being a professional musician (player), the idea of conducting “for real” never really came up, mainly because I never seriously thought to pursue that kind of work … I think the main reason for [tossing my hat in the ring] was in the hopes that, because of the experiences I have had the good fortune to have had in my career, I might have something of value to offer the orchestra.
What’s your music background?
I have been a freelance trumpet player since the early 1980s, but I have also had a parallel career working as a drummer, guitarist, bassist, wind synthesist, composer, arranger and producer. In other words, I have a problem with focusing.
EMSO’s season continues through May, including a final concert with an all-Beethoven theme. To find a full schedule and learn more, visit emsorch.org.