David Crane is Music Director of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra in Palos Heights. During his tenure he has collaborated extensively with area arts organizations including a recent program “Dance International” with the Lira Dancers, Cross Keys Irish Dancers and Ensemble Español. His conducting career began as Music Director of the NIH Chamber Orchestra, Bethesda, MD. He was subsequently appointed Director of the New Music Ensemble at the University of Houston where he collaborated with the opera department in a production of Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel and the dance department in a production of Stravinky’s Soldier’s Tale.
In addition he programmed other early 20th century masterworks, premiered faculty compositions, and oversaw the Improvisation Ensemble. On receiving his Master’s Degree in Conducting from Northwestern University, he conducted the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra for four seasons.
This past January David Crane conducted Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Art Institute of Chicago in the CSO Chamber Music Series. Other guest conducting engagements include the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland (on four occasions). As a free-lance trumpeter in Washington D.C., he substituted and played extra with the National Symphony.
An advocate of using symphonic music as a vehicle for social justice, David Crane founded and was Music Director of the Metropolitan Arts Orchestra from 1994-1999, producing, procuring funding, and conducting benefit concerts for the Evanston Ecumenical Action Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and the Tri-Village and Northwest Suburban PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter).
David Crane’s strong interest in contemporary was fostered as a student at New England Conservatory, where he conducted premiers of student works. He continued his conducting studies for a year at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg. The son of a foreign-service officer, he spent much of his youth in Munich, Germany and Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan.