With contract extension, Gilbert's tenure as symphony music director will continue

The Kamloops Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of its music director Dina Gilbert.

Gilbert, 35, succeeded Bruce Dunn and has held the job since 2017. Dunn's tenure lasted 27 years.

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The Quebec native's contract extension will allow her to lead the orchestra for another three years.

After she was first selected as the KSO's next director in 2017, Gilbert told KTW it would be "a thrill" if her contract was extended.

"Dina’s commitment to the organization, both on the podium and behind the scenes, is unwavering," said Kamloops Symphony Society chair Miki Andrejevic.

Andrejevic said the KSO is "one to watch" in the Canadian classical music scene thanks to Gilbert's work and called the contract a renewal a "very positive step."

After the pandemic hit, Gilbert tossed out the plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 season and started over, creating a "daring" new season.

"I preferred starting from scratch and proposed an entire new season that would better reflect on our changing world through meaningful works and collaborations," she said.

The KSO plans to experiment with new concert formats in the coming season, as well as using digital platforms to reach its audience. Concerts will be announced one at a time so the orchestra can adapt as circumstances continue to change.

Further details will be revealed in the summer, the KSO said.

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