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CSO’s Roger Kalia moves west

Roger Kalia, assistant conductor for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the last two years, has a new job.
Roger Kalia, assistant conductor for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the last two years, has a new job. Kelly Kruse Photography

Roger Kalia, assistant conductor of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for the last two years, has been named assistant conductor of the Pacific Symphony. That group, led by conductor Carl St. Clair for 25 seasons, performs in various halls around Orange County in southern California.

He already had ties to the region: Kalia has spent three years as music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, following in the footsteps there of Michael Tilson Thomas and André Previn.

The 30-year-old Kalia will wear many hats in his new job. He’ll assist St. Clair with conducting duties; program and conduct Family Musical Mornings, which introduce kids 5 through 11 to orchestral music; lead Class Act Youth Concerts for elementary schoolers at the end of each school year; and direct the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, leading its 10-day tour of China in 2016.

Lawrence Toppman

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