Lucas Richman, conductor, composer and music director for the Bangor Symphony; and the DaPonte String Quartet talk about life and music during their Friday, July 24, Happy Hour conversation, starting at 5 p.m. on Zoom.

This Happy Hour will also feature a recorded excerpt from the Arlan Baillie Steinway Series, performed in February 2020.

Join the conversation at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82138859475?pwd=NHVhRVdZZmR0cHdlWjAwbHViMkNzUT09

Meeting ID: 821 3885 9475  Password: 481118

Please join DaPonte String Quartet for weekly offerings online. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., DSQ posts digital content on its YouTube channel and members are available for a live chat. Sometimes a member of the quartet will post a short film highlighting a piece that they are working on, or playing a piece they have longed to revisit. Some weeks will highlight filmed excerpts from a past concert. Every Wednesday is sure to be a treat!

Also join DSQ for Happy Hour Fridays! Every Friday at 5 p.m. the group gathers together virtually to chat about music, listen to each other’s plans, or discuss upcoming events. DSQ often welcomes special guests to the Happy Hour discussion. It could be an old friend or a special guest artist who is working with the quartet to reschedule 2020. Maybe a blast from the past or a sneak peek of the future! Don’t miss it – make sure you are on the group's email list to get info about these Zoom Happy Hours.

Feel free to contact Executive Director Lisa Westkaemper at 207-315-7105 or lisa@daponte.org. Check out the website at daponte.org.

About Lucas Richman—

Grammy award-winning conductor Lucas Richman has served as music director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as music director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. Over the course of nearly four decades on the podium, he has garnered an international reputation for his graceful musical leadership in a diverse field of media. In concert halls, orchestral pits and recording studios around the world, Richman earns rave reviews for his artful collaborations with artists in both the classical and commercial music arenas.

He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the SWR Radio Orchestra of Kaiserslautern, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and the Zagreb Philharmonic. Guest conducting highlights for the 2018-19 season include programs with the Nashville Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem, as well as summer festival performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In recent years, he has led performances with notable soloists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Garrick Ohlsson, Lang Lang, Midori, Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Mark O’Connor, Andre Watts, Frederica von Stade and Radu Lupu.  Mr. Richman has also conducted for a panoply of commercial artists that includes James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Pat Boone, Michael Feinstein, Gloria Estefan, Megan Hilty, Matthew Morrison, George Benson, Robert Goulet, Anne Murray, the Smothers Brothers, Martin Short, Tony Randall, Victor Borge and Brian Wilson.

Richman’s numerous collaborations with film composers as their conductor has yielded recorded scores for such films as the Academy Award-nominated "The Village" (with violinist, Hilary Hahn), "As Good As It Gets," "Face/Off," "Se7en," "Breakdown," "The Manchurian Candidate," "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" and "Flatliners;" in 2010, John Williams invited him to lead the three-month national summer tour of Star Wars in Concert. Recent recordings he has led from the podium include "Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project" (a project from within the film music community that has generated over $200K in donations), Noel Paul Stookey’s recent solo release "One & Many," and Marvin Hamlisch’s final score, written for the Emmy Award-winning HBO movie, "Behind the Candelabra."