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      Jacomo Bairos announced as new music director for Amarillo Symphony

      The Amarillo Symphony announced Jacomo Rafael Bairos as their new music director and conductor of their orchestra Monday evening.

      ??We??ve waited so long to get to this day,?? said Laura Street, Chariman of the Search Committee. ??Finding the right person for our orchestra and our community is so exciting and exhilarating.??

      Jacomo Rafael Bairos was selected after a two year extensive search as the 17 th music director and conductor. He was selected out of 213 applications from 15 countries. The decision was made by 14 individuals that formed the Music Director Search Committee.

      ??The thing is that everyone loves the orchestra,?? said Bairos.??That??s what??s exciting for me is that there??s a real sort of feeling of comradery and community and love for the musicians and the organization that??s so great to walk into as a music director.??

      Although the excitement of the announcement has been great for Bairos, he already has ideas for what he wants to do as music director.

      ??One is we want to not only preserve the great music and celebrate the great music that we already have, but we want to explore new music too and sort of celebrate new and young composers. As well as try to engage younger audiences and even the little kids a little more,?? said Bairos.

      Despite an extensive search for the perfect candidate, Street said his ideas contributed a lot to what they wanted to do as an orchestra.

      ??We wanted to go beyond just the orchestra or just the orchestra organization,?? said Street. ??We wanted to go into all areas of our community because we think we have a product that will fit everyone in some way.??

      The announcement of Bairos as music director and conductor comes just in time for the Amarillo Symphony??s next performance this Thursday at John Stiff Park for their Fourth of July celebrations.

      For more information on the Amarillo Symphony, visit amarillosymphony.org