Today, we welcome our first conductor to the podcast, Ming Luke. Ming holds a Master of Fine Arts in Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. With a background in ballet himself, Ming has conducted for ballet performances around the world. He is currently serving as Music Director for the Merced Symphony and Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra; Associate Conductor for the Berkeley Symphony; Principal Guest Conductor for the San Francisco Ballet; and Principal Conductor of the Nashville Ballet.
While live theatre is on hiatus due to COVID-19, Ming has started an online series called “Musical Point(e)s,” a virtual in-depth exploration of how movement and music work together in some of the most beloved ballet in the repertoire. Upcoming programming includes “Romeo and Juliet” on Saturday, Sept 26th, “The Winter’s Tale” on October 3rd, and “The Nutcracker” on October 10th. All events are at 12pm Pacific Time, 3pm Eastern. Access to these conversations are free. Register for access on his website, mingluke.com.
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