Prof. Orcenith Smith to Conduct Indianapolis Symphony's Yuletide Celebration This Week
December 8, 2008
December 8, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. — Orcenith Smith, professor in the DePauw University School of Music and director of the DePauw Symphony Orchestra, will serve as guest conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration, Wednesday, December 10, through Sunday, December 14. An Indianapolis holiday tradition, the 2008 edition of the annual holiday program is hosted by singer Ann Hampton Callaway and features the Capitol Quartet, a virtuoso saxophone ensemble. The program also features Broadway singers and dancers, flying reindeer puppets, and the popular tap-dancing Santas.
Professor Smith has previously conducted Yuletide Celebration performances of the Indianapolis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Oregon Symphony. He has also conducted the Louisville Orchestra, West Berlin Radio Orchestra, the BBC Symphony (London), the Dayton Philharmonic and the Orange County (California) Philharmonic Society, among others. From 1981-89, Smith was music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Chicago Tribune called Smith "a gifted conductor" capable of taking an orchestra to "remarkable technical and artistic heights."
A member of the DePauw faculty since 1974, Orcenith Smith has led the University's Chamber Symphony on domestic and international concert tours of Japan, Austria, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy, and domestic engagements, including performances at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
For more information on Yuletide Celebration, visit the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra online.