Posted by Mary Wimberley on 1999-09-28

Scott Speck, Alabama Symphony associate conductor and San Francisco Ballet conductor, will be guest conductor at Samford University Orchestra's fall concert Tuesday, Oct. 12. Free to the public, the concert by the 55-member orchestra will be at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

The program will include Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, the Polovetsian Dances from Borodin's opera, Prince Igor, and the third movement ("Funeral from Akhnaten") of Glass Pieces by American minimalist composer Philip Glass. The Samford performance will be the Birmingham area premiere of the Glass piece.

For four years, Speck was conductor of the Honolulu Symphony. He has led the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Houston, New Orleans, San Antonio, Louisville, Tampa, Rochester, Jacksonville and others, and has been principal guest conductor of the China Film Philharmonic in Beijing.

Speck is co-author of two of the world's best-selling books on classical music for a popular audience, Classical Music for Dummies and Opera for Dummies. While conductor of the Honolulu Symphony, he led the largest orchestra education program in the U.S., reaching more than 100,000 students each year. He is on the senior faculty of the American Symphony Orchestra League's National Conducting Workshops.