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Binghamton Philharmonic Reveals New Music Director, Conductor

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The Binghamton Philharmonic introduced its new music director and conductor Wednesday morning at the Forum Theatre.

Daniel Hege, based in Syracuse, has a long resume of conducting experience. Most recently, Hege served as Principal Guest Conductor for the Binghamton Philharmonic the last two seasons. It’s the people he worked closest with during that time that made him want to stay.

“If you have those three things, you have a great administrative staff, a terrific board, and wonderful musicians to work with, you really have a winning organization and that’s what drew me.”

Hege is currently the music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra in Kansas and the principal guest conductor of the Tulsa Symphony in Oklahoma and has held guest conductor spots all around the world.

Aside from conductor, Hege will work to connect the Philharmonic with the community by visiting schools and retire homes. He will also work closely with administrative staff when it comes to programming and attend board meetings.

Hege said the Binghamton Philharmonic has great ideas for innovation, like electric program books to make performances more interactive for audience members, and that mindset was another plus when he was applying for the job.

“We feel it’s important nowadays to take advantage of technology and to not simply turn a blind eye to it. I think that’s a mistake. We have to look at everything fresh and say, ‘this has been great, this has been working, but how can it be better?’ and I think that’s what this board wants to do. So that was a very alluring piece of the puzzle for me.”

The 2018-2019 season kicks off in September. For a full list of performances, click here.