Polay to conduct Mexican orchestra

From The Register-Mail:
Bruce Polay, professor of music and chair of the Knox College Music Department and artistic director/conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony will return to guest conduct the Orquesta Sinfonia de la Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico, for a single performance March 11.

The program is an all-orchestral concert of overtures and interludes by Bizet, Mascagni, Puccini, Bellini and Verdi. The OSUG is one of the leading professional orchestras in Mexico. It is co-sponsored by the University of Guanajuato and the state of Mexico. This will be Polay’s fifth appearance with the ensemble.

A three-time recipient of the Illinois Council of Orchestras Conductor of the Year Award, Polay most recently received the prestigious Illinois Conductor of the Year, Professional Orchestras Award in April 2010. In addition, Polay has been awarded the ICO Cultural Leadership and Programming of the Year awards. During his tenure, the KGS has been consistently recognized by the ICO 17 times in nine different categories including Illinois Orchestra of the Year Award for an unprecedented third time.