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April 2, 2004

New York Philharmonic music director Lorin Maazel once said "conducting a Flummerfelt-prepared chorus is like driving a Rolls just back from the only honest garage in town." Joseph Flummerfelt, artistic director and principal conductor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, has been recognized by critics and musicians as one of the world's greatest choral conductors. He will retire in June from the position he's held for 33 years.

Now on his final national concert tour, Flummerfelt will give his final tour performance on Saturday as part of Calvin College's Artist Series. Recently named 2004 Conductor of the Year by Musical America, Flummerfelt's career has included collaborations with a long list of eminent conductors, from Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein to Wolfgang Sawallish and Zubin Mehta. "He's one of the most pre-eminent conductors in the country," said Pearl Shangkuan, music department chairwoman at Calvin College. More

Posted by acapnews at April 2, 2004 8:47 AM

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