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Zimmermann celebrates 10th season with BMI

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge mayor Sam Mamula honors maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann at Saturday’s Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra concert with a proclamation in celebration of his 10th year as music director.

Hailing from Ohio, Zimmermann has been the artistic leader of the Canton Symphony Orchestra since 1980 and was also the music director of the North Carolina Symphony for 21 years (one of the longest tenures of American music directors).

Zimmermann’s guest conducting appearances have given him the opportunity to lead many orchestras, including the Cleveland, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Long Beach, Rochester, Virginia, American and Phoenix symphonies. In November 1993, he conducted the Chicago Symphony, and in the spring of 1993 he conducted the National Symphony and pianist Andre Watts in a highly acclaimed all-Beethoven Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

He recently recorded three contemporary violin concertos for Master Musicians Collective Records with the internationally-renowned Warsaw Philharmonic and soloist Peter Zazofsky of the Muir Quartet. In 1997, Zimmermann appeared with the Orchestre Symphonique Français for a repeat guest conducting engagement.

Zimmermann lives in Raleigh, N.C., with his wife Sharon, a visual artist, their daughter, Anna Marie, and son, Peter Karl Irum. He enjoys old Western movies, Stephen King novels and his large model train collection.


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