Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Maestro to lead Wayland concert

PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University School of Music has announced that Maestro David Cho will conduct the WBU Symphonic Wind Ensemble in concert at 7 p.m. April 18 in Wayland’s Harral Memorial Auditorium.

Cho, director of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (LSO), has served as an adjunct professor for the School of Music, and is now bringing his talents as a conductor to the Wayland stage.

“I can’t express how excited I was when I heard David was coming to work with our students,” said Dr. Richard Fountain, assistant professor of collaborative piano at Wayland. “He combines humility and sincerity with demanding standards in a way that I have not seen in any other conductor I’ve worked with.”

Born in South Korea, Cho immigrated to the U.S. in 1985. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in performance and a master’s degree in conducting. Cho is an award-winning conductor, having claimed first place at the Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition in Mexico City. He has held many conducting engagements in Europe, Asia and South America, and has conducted symphonies in Seattle, Wash., Houston, Memphis, Tenn., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Baton Rouge and Shreveport, La. Cho has collaborated with world-renowned artists and currently serves as the music director of the ASCI Music Festival in South Korea. He began his tenure as conductor of the LSO in 2012.

“Maestro Cho is a fabulous musician who brings a lot of energy to the podium and devotes all of himself to the job,” said WBU Associate Professor of Instrumental Studies Dr. Joe Vandiver, who along with Dr. Fountain, play for Cho in the LSO. “We are elated to have him on board.”

The Wayland Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform three pieces under Cho’s direction: Lincolnshire Posey by Percy Granger, English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughn-Williams, and Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst.

The Wayland Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Vandiver, will perform a number of pieces, including “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “Feelings,” and “Groovin Hard.”

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.