In 1976, Vincent Simonetti worked to establish The Durham Symphony, and served as its first Music Director and Conductor from 1976 to 1983. During his tenure, The Durham Symphony grew from initially being an all-volunteer organization to a mix of volunteer and paid musicians; and became an established part of the civic and musical life of Durham. Simonetti has also been the Music Director and Conductor of The Durham Chamber Arts Orchestra, The Durham Community Concert Band, and The Greensboro Concert Band.
He has conducted concerts with The North Carolina Symphony, The Raleigh Symphony, and The Raleigh Concert Band; and served as Assistant Conductor of the DSO under Alan Neilson during the 2001-2002 season. Mr. Simonetti’s major conducting teachers include Nicholas Flagello, Manhattan School of Music, Nicholas Harsanyi, North Carolina School of the Arts; and Dr. Robert Ward, Pulitzer Prize winning composer, conductor and Professor Emeritus, Duke University. Mr. Simonetti is delighted to be a part of the DSO’s 40th anniversary season, and would like to thank Maestro Curry for his gracious invitation to be a part of this milestone anniversary event.
Vincent Simonetti will guest conduct the DSO’s 40th season Holiday Pops on Friday, December 4th, 2015 at the Durham Armory at 7:00pm. For more information please visit the event page here.