Join us as we celebrate The Community Theatre's movie heritage. The 50-piece Westfield Symphony, conducted by David Wroe, takes a trip down memory lane of Hollywood’s greatest movie themes, from epics such as Gone with the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia, to the Golden Age of the Musical, including West Side Story and Oklahoma, to modern favorites such as Star Wars.
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A native of Great Britain, and also an American citizen, David Wroe is one of the more dynamic, and exciting forces on the podium today. He represents an impressive assimilation of experience, both as a Music Director, as well as a recipient of guest conducting endorsements from a catalogue of respected orchestras across the globe.
Mr. Wroe is Music Director of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra New Jersey, Teatro Grattacielo of NY City, a regular conductor at New York City Opera, and for the 07 -08 season guest conductor at New York University. May of 2004 marked Mr. Wroe’s debut with New York City Opera, leading John Eaton’s new opera Jim Jones, and returned in 06 (La Boheme) and 07 (Don Giovanni). The 04-07 seasons marked debuts and returns including L’Orchestre Nationale de Lille at the Flaneries Musicales de Reims, L’Orchestre de Basse-Normandie where he toured Northern France, L’Orchestra Lamoureux at Paris’ renowned Théâtre Châtelet with cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Das Loh-Orchester Sondershausen (returning in 08), Taipei Symphony Orchestra (returning in 09),Taiwan National Symphony, L’Ensemble de Paris, a tour of Western Austria with Vorarlberg Symphony and at the Bregenz Frühlings Festival, Delaware Symphony, Shenzhen Symphony (China), Symphony Nova Scotia, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and Santa Fe Symphony. Other auspicious debuts include Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, New York City Ballet, De Moines Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonische Orchester der Stadt Heidelberg. Maestro Wroe was Music Director of Music on the Mountain: Garrett Lakes Arts Summer Festival in Maryland from 2000 – 2006. 2007 marked Maestro Wroe’s recording debut with L’Orchestre National de Lille on the TransArt label in an all Gershwin program with pianist Bruno Fontaine.
In 2000 he completed his contract as Principal Guest Conductor at the City Opera of Heidelberg, conducting much of the major operatic repertoire. Maestro Wroe directs the summer ‘Opera Under the Stars’ series at the 7000 seater Garden State Arts Center in NJ, and he has initiated an Opera in Concert series with his Westfield Symphony Orchestra to great critical review - repertoire including Porgy and Bess, Tosca, Turandot, Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Aida, and Othello. He opened the newly formed Fresno International Grand Opera for their production of La Bohème, and in 2003 debuted with The Ash Lawn Opera Festival (Virginia) in their production of La Cenorentala. He served as Judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council, New Jersey Regional Auditions in the spring of 2000, and again in 2002.
Maestro Wroe devotes considerable time to the musical education of young people, presently leading the Taipei Symphony Orchestra Summer Youth Festival in 07. Maestro Wroe also lead the N.Y. University Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and returns in 2008. From 1993-95, conducted in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerts. He has taught and given master-classes at New England Conservatory, Harvard University. He was director or orchestras at Montclair State University from 2000-2005, and has served as Judge for the Music Assistance Fund administered by the American Symphony Orchestra League. In 2004, he was the Chairman of the Jury of the New Jersey MTA State Concerto Competition., N.J.
Early in his career he was Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, leading the orchestra in Tanglewood and in Symphony Hall, in addition to touring Europe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players. He founded the Kansas City Camerata, of which he was Music Director for 7 years.
Awards are numerous, including the Seiji Ozawa Fellowship at Tanglewood, a citation in United States Congress for community commitment, and finalist in the 1st Bernstein International Conducting Competition. David attended Lancing College, has a BMus from Manchester University (England), a MM from Northwestern (Chicago), and was a student of Gustav Meier and Victor Yamposky.