SymphonyNH music director, concertmaster to depart

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Published: 01-30-2024 2:46 PM

In a heartfelt address during a January town hall meeting for Symphony New Hampshire musicians, Music Director Roger Kalia shared his decision not to renew his contract, which concludes at the end of the 2024-25 season.

Since his debut with Symphony New Hampshire in October 2019, Kalia has been a guiding force, demonstrating exceptional leadership. Notably, he navigated the challenges of the pandemic by orchestrating virtual concerts monthly, hosted musician interviews in a series called Granite State Conversations, commemorated the organization’s 100th anniversary with two seasons of ambitious programming, and fostered meaningful connections within the musical community.

Reflecting on his time with Symphony New Hampshire, Kalia remarked, “Symphony New Hampshire has allowed me to explore the depths of musical creativity and has supported my artistic endeavors completely. Together we have undertaken commissions, premiered new works, and created one of the most musically diverse orchestras in the country.”

Simultaneously but unconnected, Elliott Markow announced his decision to step down as Concertmaster at the end of the current season. “I have been considering this decision for quite some time. Having served as Concertmaster for SNH for 24 years, I feel that it is the right time to provide the opportunity to another qualified and fortunate violinist to take over. I would prefer this to be considered only as my resignation as Concertmaster not my retirement from music in general or SNH in particular. I look forward to providing continuing assistance to SNH in any musical capacity benefiting the organization and the community.”

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