Gonzalo Hidalgo Ardila ’24 (Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting) guest conducted the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela on Saturday, Jan. 29, and Sunday, Feb. 6, in the Sala Simón Bolívar (Simón Bolívar Room). He conducted “La Mer” by Claude Debussy; “Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, op. 100,” by Prokofiev; “Symphony No. 1 in D Major” by Gustav Mahler; and “Siegfried Idyll” by Richard Wagner during his engagement with the orchestra. The performances were presented by El Sistema’s Centro Nacional de Acción Social por la Música.
He also currently serves as the assistant conductor for the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and studies with Conductor, Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Conducting Jan Wagner, Diploma and Korrepetitions Praxis, Academy of Music in Vienna (Austria).