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Maestra Barbara Day Turner is the founder and music director of the San José Chamber Orchestra. An ardent advocate for new music, she has premiered more than 120 new works just with SJCO. Named the 2012 Silicon Valley Arts Council “On Stage” Artist Laureate, Maestra Day Turner is also Music Administrator and Conductor of the Utah Festival Opera where she has been resident conductor for the past 12 seasons. Most recently she led the Festival’s orchestra in an all Irving Berlin concert as well as productions of Verdi’s Otello and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Abroad, Maestra Day Turner has conducted opera in Berlin, and the Thuringian Symphony Orchestra in Germany as well as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Aguascalientes, Mexico. Maestra Turner’s discography includes five recordings with SJCO, the PBS award-winning DVD of George Roumanis’ opera Phaedra, the Naxos release of Alva Henderson’s opera Nosferatu, and an upcoming Naxos recording of varied works by Howard Hersh. In her many years with Opera San José she premiered Henry Mollicone’s Hotel Eden, Alva Henderson’s West of Washington Square, Craig Bohmler and Daniel Helfgot’s The Tale of the Nutcracker and George Roumanis’ Phaedra besides conducting a vast repertoire of works by Handel, Cavalli, Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, Bizet, Verdi, Britten, Stravinsky, Barber and many others. She has conducted Portland Opera’s Nixon In China, Rimrock Opera’s Aida and concerts with the Silicon Valley, Redwood, South Valley and Billings symphonies and the North Fayetteville orchestra. Other recent appearances include the productions of The Crucible, Faust, Kiss Me Kate and Girl Crazy. She is a frequent adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions and annual judge for the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. The Maestra’s upcoming projects include productions of Vanessa and The Student Prince with Utah Festival Opera, La Traviata with Rimrock Opera in Montana, and a new season of premieres and masterworks with SJCO.

   

 

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