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Young Kalia brings veteran touch to Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Mar 30, 2014

The most important five minutes of Roger Kalia's conducting life came in September 2012, when music director Christopher Warren-Green let him take the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra for a spin.

Kalia found himself in charge of Beethoven's Fourth Symphony, as the back-up conductor in case anything happened to Warren-Green. Like Jimmie Johnson behind the wheel of the No. 48 Chevrolet or Cam Newton on the grass of Bank of America Stadium, he knew at once he was at home.

"I got an immediate response from the orchestra," he recalls. "I just felt a connection with them." Seven months later, he applied for a job here. Four months after that he had one, as assistant conductor.

Full article at Charlotte Observer