The Kamloops Symphony’s 40th anniversary season ended on Saturday, May 13, 2017 and with it came the end of an era. The performance was the last in Bruce Dunn’s remarkable 27-year tenure as music director and conductor of the orchestra.
Under his leadership, the Kamloops Symphony grew artisitically, evolving from a predominantly amateur orchestra to become the only professional music organization in the region and one of only a handful of professional orchestras in the Interior.
On Saturday night, Dunn was honoured for his dedication and commitment to live orchestral music, music education and the arts in the community with a new title: Music Director Emeritus.
The Kamloops Symphony Society has also created an endowment fund in his name with an initial donation of $25,000 plus individual donations from the board of directors and others. Donations to the Bruce Dunn Legacy Fund will be invested in perpetuity by the B.C. Interior Community Foundation, returning only the income earned each year to the Kamloops Symphony Society.
With available matching grants from the Department of Canadian Heritage, the fund is expected to grow quickly. Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact the Kamloops Symphony Society or donate online using the Donate Now button on the website http://www.kamloopssymphony.com.
Kamloops Symphony executive director Kathy Humphreys, in presenting Dunn to the audience on Saturday night, said, “Bruce has been a wonderful friend and colleague for the past 27 years, and that won’t end with his retirement. He will remain a resident of Kamloops, an arts supporter, and a well-known public figure.”
A standing ovation from audience and orchestra alike demonstrated the respect with which he is regarded.
The society’s hiring committee is expected to have a final decision and make the announcement soon on Dunn’s successor.