Farewells are always difficult as well as emotional, and for the Pops Orchestra members, Monday, June 23rd will be no exception. That’s the evening of Maestro Rodolfo Fernandez’ final concert after seventeen years of faithful and dedicated service. Friends, patrons and concert attendees will not want to miss this opportunity to say “good bye” to a wonderful conductor who has given music lovers a unique opportunity to hear America’s finest and most beloved music in a live venue here on the Central Coast.
A native of Chile, Maestro Fernandez has been a resident of Las Vegas for a number of years and is the founding director and conductor of the Nevada Symphony Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as guest conductor for a number of orchestras including the Topanga Symphony in Los Angeles and the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A gifted concert cellist Maestro Fernandez received early international recognition and awards including sponsorship by the London Symphony Orchestra as Principal cellist at the Daytona Beach Music Festival. Having attended Masters classes with Sir Nelson Cooke, Andre Previn and Simon Goldberg, he eventually became an equally accomplished arranger and conductor. He has been the heart of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra for 17 years and as conductor his personal touches have made “The Pops” a California Central Coast favorite night out.