Olson to guest conduct Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Feb. 12


The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra will perform Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Tickets are $10. Northwestern State University, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D.

Dr. Douglas Bakenhus is music director of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony. Syll-Young Olson will be the guest conductor.

“Syll-Young Olson is an outstanding musician and conductor, one of the best I have seen at the high school level,” said Bakenhus. “We are lucky to have her in our community and so I thought this was a good time to have her guest conduct with us.”

A native of Seoul, Korea, Olson earned her bachelor’s in composition from the Seoul National University, then the Final Diploma from the University of Arts in Berlin. Since 1992, she has been on the faculty of Natchitoches Central High School, teaching instrumental talented students and conducting the orchestra. Throughout her teaching career, Olson has been active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician for honor orchestras and festivals. She was a recipient of the 2002-03 Teacher of the Year Award from the Natchitoches Parish School Board and the Louisiana, Mississippi, Western Tennessee District of Kiwanis International. Olson was a recipient of the Natchitoches Mayor’s Award.

Six of her former students are members of the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony.

“Mrs. Olson was great, and I absolutely adore her,” said LaDiamond Burrell, who plays viola. “She was an awesome conductor during my four years at Natchitoches Central. It was an honor to play viola for her. I am beyond excited to play for her once again.”

Olson will be guest conductor on “Carmen Suite No. 1” by Georges Bizet.

“It’s truly an honor that I have an opportunity to conduct such fine musicians as those in the Natchitoches- Northwestern Symphony. I’m looking forward to performing this music,” said Olson.

The orchestra will also perform “Procession of the Nobles” from “Mlada” by Rimsky-Korsakov and arranged by Issac, “John Henry, A Railroad Ballad for Orchestra” by Aaron Copland and “Symphony No. 9 in C Major” by Franz Schubert.