Known for his “charismatic, captivating conducting” (Los Angeles Times), Anthony Parnther maintains a major North American presence over the months ahead. March 22 & 23, he makes his San Antonio Philharmonic debut with a program of Mozart, Schumann, and Coleridge-Taylor. He reprises his acclaimed interpretation of Florence Price’s Third Symphony with the Richmond Symphony in May and conducts the Gateways Festival Orchestra’s Chicago debut on April 19, capping the all-Black ensemble’s 30th anniversary season.

As “Hollywood’s go-to conductor for epic projects” (Billboard), Parnther balances this classical lineup with live-to-film concert performances of hit movie scores with the symphony orchestras of Vancouver in February, St. Louis and Nashville in March, and Richmond in April, as well as the world premiere of National Geographic’s film concert Secrets of the Whales. These engagements follow his recent debuts with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s subscription series, and at London’s BBC Proms. As the New York Times put it in its recent profile, Parnther is “a conductor for the future” with “a flourishing career.”

San Antonio Philharmonic debut & return to Richmond Symphony

Dedicated to amplifying traditionally underrepresented voices, Parnther has long “used his platforms and rising profile to champion Black composers” (New York Times). Last summer, when he made his BBC Proms debut with a program that included Four Novelletten by Black British Romantic composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Bachtrack found the performance “well characterised by Parnther, including an especially fine Valse full of bittersweet moments.”

For his upcoming debut with Texas’s San Antonio Philharmonic, Parnther conducts Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in A minor alongside Schumann’s Third Symphony, the “Rhenish,” and Mozart’s 20th Piano Concerto, featuring pianist David Kaplan.

Another Black composer consistently championed by Parnther is Florence Price, whose Third Symphony he featured last December in his Atlanta Symphony Orchestra subscription concert debut. This prompted ArtsAtl to marvel:

“Parnther’s interpretation was a revelation. … The music exploded with vitality and groove. … It should be the benchmark for how this wonderful music goes.”

For tickets and details, head to Anthony’s schedule.