Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra names new director

Bulletin Report

Ming Luke was named the new director of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra (LCSO) at a gala event held June 10 at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

He succeeds Lonnie Klein, who retired after 20 years as director.

Luke is music director for the Merced Symphony and Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra in California, principal conductor of the Nashville Ballet, associate conductor for the Berkeley Symphony and principal guest conductor for the San Francisco Ballet, according to Luke’s website.

Luke has soloed as a pianist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and San Francisco Ballet. He also has been recognized nationally for his work with music education and has designed and conducted education concerts and programs with symphonies and operas across the United States, according to his website.

Luke also has created and conducted pops concerts for baseball stadiums, concert halls and parks.

Luke holds a master of fine arts in conducting from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a bachelor of music in music education and piano pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.

For more information, visit www.mingluke.com.

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