Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra names new executive director

Cindy Kessinger brings strengths in both music and promotion

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With its May 19 final season concert at Lone Tree Arts Center pending, the 17-year-old Lone Tree Symphony Orchestra announced that Cindy Kessinger has joined the symphony as executive director, bringing 25 years of experience in various aspects of music and media advertising.

With a newly organized volunteer guild, “The Symphomaniacs,” and numerous ideas for selling more season tickets and cultivating patrons and community awareness, Kessinger looks forward to the next season, which is already planned and includes a concert with the Young Voices chorale.

Music director and conductor Jacinda Bouton said, “Cindy’s wealth of experience, industry knowledge and community connection have already made her a key addition to the LTSO family. We view her appointment as a sign of our commitment to being an orchestra the City of Lone Tree can be proud of …”

Growing up in a musical family encouraged Kessinger’s interest: “We all took piano lessons.” She graduated from the University of Nebraska/Omaha, with a degree in piano and voice. A vocal coach, she was in radio sales and training, including with KYGO. She has lived in the area since 1994 and is currently located in Surrey Ridge, which is a Castle Rock address. She and her husband walk their four cats in the nearby field — and she claims the furry friends “meow in harmony!”

She teaches private voice students and directs the Wellspring Choir and Chorale, inspired by her mother’s career in special education. She started vocal studies nine years ago with Judy Davis.

She looks forward to more visibility for the orchestra and more connection to the city and schools.

Musicians for the orchestra are chosen through auditions in May and August, she said, wondering if people know about open summer readings, where “people can just come and play. We give them music ahead of time …” See the website at lonetreesymphony.org.

Adding that the dedicated board and “Bravo” crowds are a major support, Kessinger looks forward to sold-out concerts in future years.

If you go

The May 19 concert of the Lone Tree Symphony at 7:30 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10025 Commons St., Lone Tree, will feature guest soloist Martin Kuuskmann on bassoon. The program includes Mozart’s “Bassoon Concerto in Bb major,” performed by Kuuskmann, who is from Estonia. Also on the program: “Hungarian Dances No. 5,” by Johannes Brahms; “Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, Mvt. 1” by Rachmaninoff; “Midsummer Vigil, Swedish Rhapsody, Op. 19” by Hugo Alfven; “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite 1” by Octorino Respighi; “Symphonic Dances From Westside Story: Mambo” by Leonard Bernstein. Tickets: 720-509-1000, lonetreeartscenter.org.

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