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Thursday, May 02 2013 09:44 AM

'First Look': Farrer talks about music, leaving the symphony

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    Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra conductor John Farrer talks with Californian contributing writer Susan Scaffidi on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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The decades-long conductor of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, John Farrer, talked about his upcoming departure Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

He'll be leaving after the 2013-14 season, calling the decision "mutually agreeable" with the symphony's board of directors.

Farrer said Bakersfield has always taken priority, but now he'll have more flexibility in the projects he takes on here and abroad.

He reflected on what musicians create, saying, "Great art is very, very special" and "art lasts, and life does not."

Californian contributing writer Susan Scaffidi said that many local cultural leaders are retiring, and the community had become accustomed to them and watched them grow and mature in their positions.



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