A big honor for an East Texas symphony conductor today, as he is named president of an international guild.
"Maestro" Tonu Kalam, a native of Estonia and conductor of the Longview symphony, was elected by "his peers worldwide" as president of the international conductor's guild. In a ceremony today at the summit club, Kalam was presented "the key to the city", a Texas fla
And a city council proclamation was read, making today "Tonu Kalam day". And for the maestro, the honors were accepted on behalf of what he loves bes
"The most important thing to me is to make good music to bring joy to audiences, the recognition that comes from that is secondary, I'm happy to have it I enjoy it when people tell me they like what I do and peers recognize me, but to me the greatest satisfaction is performing a great concert and turning an audience on" sa