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Jax Symphony Welcomes Latest Guest Conductor

Perry So

As the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra continues the search for its next music director, First Coast residents have been given a unique opportunity to experience the artistry of several acclaimed maestros.Perry So is one of the inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellows at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He received the first and special prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in 2008.

So recently concluded a two year period as associate conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, during which he redesigned and spearheaded the orchestra’s outreach and educational programs. He also maintains a close relationship with the State Hermitage Orchestra of Russia.

He will lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in performances of Barber's Symphony No. 1, Four Sea Interludes by Britten, and Schumann's "Rhenish."

The symphony has also been invited to perform under So's direction at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach on Monday, Jan. 13.

He joined Karen Feagins to discuss his upcoming performances and how he plans to spend his time on the First Coast.

Perry So will conduct the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra January 9-11 in Jacksonville and Jan. 13 in West Palm Beach. More information and tickets can be found at

You can also hear the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra every Monday night at 7 p.m. on WJCT-FM.

You can follow Karen Feagins on Twitter @karenfeagins.

Karen found her home in public broadcasting after working for several years as a commercial television reporter. She joinedWJCTin 2005 as the host of 89.9 FM’s Morning Edition and has held many different roles at the station in both radio and television. She has written and produced documentaries includingBeluthahatchee: The Legacy of Stetson Kennedy and Jacksonville Beach: Against the Tide and directed the oral history project, Voices of the First Coast.