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Norwalk Symphony Conductor to Step Down in June

Diane Wittry, the music director and conductor for the Norwalk Symphony, will end her eight year career with the symphony when her contract expires in June.

“With all my other commitments, I have a lot of things going on,” Wittry said. “It seemed like the right thing to do. I’ll really miss all of the players and the community. There’s so many wonderful people there. I hope it will continue to play many great concerts.”

Wittry has already begun working at her newest job as the Artistic Director for the International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians. Her first order of business for the new venture is to work with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia, where she will conduct concerts of American music.

Wittry’s final events with the Norwalk Symphony will be a Latin-flavored concert and gala on May 14 and a national conducting seminar in June.

The latter event will bring musicians from across the country to work with the conductors at the Norwalk Symphony. Wittry said the event has been so successful that they added a second level to the seminar to accommodate more people.

The symphony’s production of Romeo and Juliet last year, a George Gershwin-inspired concert that sold out, and a semi-staged version of Peer Gint by Edvard Greig that featured actors, dancers and a chorus, are what Wittry said stands out as the highlights of her time at the Norwalk Symphony.

As for the concert this weekend, Wittry said she hopes people will be entertained and that she can bid farewell to those she has met in the better part of the last decade.

“(I hope it) leaves people tapping their toes,” Wittry said. “I hope people will come out so I can say goodbye.”

Have you attended a concert by the Norwalk Symphony? What memories do you have of Diane Wittry or the symphony? Comment below, or on Facebook or Twitter @DailyNorwalk .

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