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Continuing a legacy since 1919, the baton has passed among several conductors and is now led by Charles Prince.
Charles Prince, Music Director
American conductor, Charles Prince, studied with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier and Kurt Sanderling through the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar (1988 and 1989) after earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in music history and theory from Oberlin College. Mr. Prince began his conducting training with Robert Page of The Cleveland Orchestra. He also worked extensively with one of Europe's most eminent conductors Jorma Panula, in Helsinki.
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Associate Conductor of the New York Pops from 1996-2003, he has been a frequent guest conductor with the WDR Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, and the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra. He was music director of the Tony Award winning production of James Joyce's "The Dead" on Broadway and in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. As a conductor of Stephen Sondheim's music, Prince led the Brooklyn Philharmonic in a 1999 gala concert weekend at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and also the London Philharmonic's "Sondheim Tonight" tribute at the Barbican which was later issued as a recording.
In 2004, Mr. Prince made his debut with the Seattle Symphony and in 2006, he conducted the New Year's Eve Gala of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and appeared with The Canadian Brass for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra in Texas.
His 2006 season also included a Leonard Bernstein gala in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania's Majestic Theatre, hosted by Jamie Bernstein. and in June 2008 he conducted the Gettysburg Festival Inaugural Concert as well as appearing in Austria. He participated in Leroy Anderson's Birthday tribute concerts, the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne and Klagenfurt Stadttheater New Year's Eve Gala in Klagenfurt, Austria. In 2009, he was named the music director of the Wiener Operettensommer in Vienna.
In January 2017, Mr. Prince conducted the New York City Opera Orchestra in a new, limited-run production of Leonard Bernstein's Candide at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. In 2018, he returned to Tanglewood to conduct a staged production of Bernstein's opera "Trouble in Tahiti" as part of the Tanglewood's season-long Leonard Bernstein 100th Anniversary celebrations that summer.
Maestro Prince first guest conducted the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra in 2005 and then made a return appearance in October 2008. In May 2009, he was formally appointed as the new Music Director, making this his thirteenth full season as conductor and Music Director.
Concertmaster, The Lee Resnick Memorial Chair
Rebecca Harris Lee,
The Barbara Sandford Memorial Chair
Carolyn Klaiman Racusin
Principal, The George Cohen Memorial Chair
Joy Pierce Mathews
Principal, The Norris Birnbaum Memorial Chair