Assistant Conductor Candidate
Patrick Valentino’s conducting has been called “stirring,” “original,” and “achieving wonderful results from the orchestra.” He currently serves as Artistic Director of the Boston New Music Initiative, an innovative organization that pairs the traditional concert season of a professional performing ensemble with the networking possibilities of an international collective of composers and performers. He is also the Music Director at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish, where he leads the renowned choir from the newly restored 1915 Hook-Hastings organ, and is the Founder and Director of the Stella Concert Series.
Mr. Valentino has served as Assistant Conductor for the Ithaca College Orchestras, and made his operatic conducting debut in 2013 in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. He has conducted the Monmouth Symphony, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Symphony NOVA, the Mihail Jora Philharmonic, Massive Brass, the Tempus Chamber Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Music Society, among others. He has served as Assistant Conductor for Ithaca College, the Westfield Symphony and Symphony NOVA, and worked as production manager for Boston Musica Viva, the oldest new music group in Boston.
Recent premieres include his first opera, Monuments Men, as well as An American Fanfare, which was selected for the opening dedication concert of Leshowitz Hall at the John J. Cali School of Music. His music has been performed by the Nashua Symphony, Monmouth Symphony, Central New Jersey Symphony, Oak Ridge Community Orchestra, the Brevard Music Center, Ariel String Quartet, and the brass ensembles of the Moscow Conservatory, among others. Mr. Valentino holds degrees from Ithaca College, New England Conservatory, Montclair State University, and has studied at the Moscow Conservatory in Russia.
For this concert, Mr. Valentino will conduct Mozart’s Overture to Die Zauberflöte. K. 620 (The Magic Flute) and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28.