The 2012 Anne M. Hale Speaker Series winds up on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. with a talk by Westfield resident David Wroe on “The Conductor’s Life.”
Wroe, the director and conductor of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, has won plaudits for his work as a conductor in varied venues. He serves as music director of Teatro Grattacielo in New York, and regularly conducts the New York City Opera. He has been the principal guest conductor at the City Opera of Heidelberg, Germany, and has conducted many other overseas orchestras. He also founded the Kansas City Camerata and served as its musical director for seven years.
Wroe’s devotion to music education has been exhibited in his service as director of orchestras at Montclair State University, his conducting of the New York University Symphony Orchestra, and his teaching at Harvard University, New England Conservatory and other educational institutions.
His awards include a fellowship at Tangelwood, and a Congressional citation for community involvement. Wroe , a native of Great Britain, is a graduate of Manchester University and received his master’s degree in music from Northwestern University.
The Speaker series, now in its fifth year, is named in honor of the late Anne M. Hale, who was active in the Westfield community and a library patron. The series is hosted by The Friends of Westfield Memorial Library.
The talk, to be held at the library, 550 E. Broad St in Westfield, is open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Those wishing to attend may register online at www.wmlnj.org (click on the Online Calendar) or by phone at 908-789-4090 ext. 0.
The 2012 Hale Series started in April with a talk by author and journalist George Melloan, and continued in May with a speech by Katherine Farley, chair of Lincoln Center, and in September with a lecture by historian Arthur Lefkowitz. The popular series will continue next year with a slate of speakers to be named in the near future.