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On the Role of Women on the Podium: SSO Guest Conductor Ruth Rheinhardt
Thursday, October 19

Two of classical music’s rising stars are guest artists with the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall concerts this week.  Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the 19 year-old British cellist who performed in front of 2 billion viewers of the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Royal Wedding this past summer is the guest soloist.  The guest conductor  is Ruth Rheinhardt.  She’s a 30 year-old artist born in Saarbruken Germany. She first came to Seattle 3 seasons ago as a conducting fellow with the SSO.  In December, 2017, she became the first woman ever to conduct Messiah by Handel in SSO history. This past spring she completed a two-year engagement as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony where her experiences included a dramatic last minute substitution for the ailing maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.  In this conversation recorded for the SSO Spotlight in the Classical KING FM studios in December 2017, Ruth Rheinhardt tells the story of her critically acclaimed success leading that demanding program in Dallas, talks about working with the Seattle Symphony, reflects on the role of women in conducting and recounts her path to the podium.


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