By IDAHO PRESS- TRIBUNE STAFF
Dr. Daniel Stern, music director, conductor and until recently general manager of the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2018-19 season.
Stern has led the orchestra since the 2005-06 season, all but two years of its existence.
Boise Baroque is in its 15th season, having presented professional Baroque and classical music for the Treasure Valley since 2003. The orchestra performs 10 concerts a year at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise.
The next concert features Mozart’s Piano Concerto 22 with Boise pianist Del Parkinson as featured soloist on Feb.9 and 11.
Stern stated that by announcing his retirement now, a smooth transition will be assured, maintaining the orchestra’s growth into the future.
After several years of teaching, Stern came to Boise in 1974 as music director of the Boise Philharmonic, a post he held until 1987. He is credited with initiating steps that led to the Philharmonic’s becoming one of the foremost orchestras in the region.
Stern has also served on the faculties of Boise State University and The College of Idaho, conducted numerous performances with Opera Idaho and Ballet Idaho and guest conducted orchestras in the Northwest, Central America and New York.
In 2014, Stern was awarded the Governor’s Award in the Arts for lifetime achievement for his many contributions during his 40 years in Idaho. In 2015, he was honored in Rochester on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the Eastman School of Music.