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spectacular concert... honed to musical perfection.

"A spectacular concert by the new, 90-piece Symphony Napa Valley under the baton of Ming Luke, the symphony’s new music director who has honed the orchestra to musical perfection."



About Ming Luke

With the “energy, creativity and charisma not seen since Leonard Bernstein” and “vibrant,” “mind-blowing,” and “spectacular” conducting, Ming Luke is a versatile conductor that has excited audiences around the world in performances of both symphonic and theatrical works. Highlights include conducting the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow, performances of Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella at the Kennedy Center, his English debut at Sadler’s Wells with Birmingham Royal, conducting Dvorak’s Requiem in Dvorak Hall in Prague, recording scores for a Coppola film, multiple Asian cultural programs with the San Francisco Symphony, and over a hundred and fifty performances at the San Francisco War Memorial with San Francisco Ballet. Luke has soloed as a pianist with Pittsburgh Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, and San Francisco Ballet, and he currently serves as Music Director for the Las Cruces Symphony, Merced Symphony, and Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra; Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Nashville Ballet, Interim Executive and Artistic Director for the Berkeley Symphony; and Principal Guest Conductor for the San Francisco Ballet. Long time critic Allan Ulrich of the San Francisco Chronicle said, “Ming Luke delivered the best live theater performance I’ve ever heard of [Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet]” and in 2016 Luke’s War Requiem was named best choral performance of 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Luke is passionate about his dynamic career in both symphonic and theatrical conducting, and he has been recognized nationally for his work with music education concerts and programming.

The best I have ever heard.

"Saturday afternoon, Ming Luke delivered the best live theater performance I’ve ever heard of [Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet's] often-abused score."



Up Next.

Luke looks forward to a busy 2023/24 season of conducting throughout Northern California and beyond, with engagements including work with San Francisco SymphonySan Francisco BalletNashville Ballet, Las Cruces SymphonyFestival Napa ValleyBerkeley Symphony, and more.

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