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The search for a new conductor and music director for the San Luis Obispo Symphony continues with a performance by Nan Washburn as part of the Classics in the Cohan series on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.

Washburn, of the Michigan Philharmonic, is the third auditioning conductor to helm the SLO Symphony for an evening. A seventh generation Californian, she grew up in Ventura and made her professional orchestra debut as a piccolo player with the San Luis Obispo Symphony when she was just 16 years old. It was that first performance that sealed Washburn’s decision to pursue a career in music.

The bold, brassy program for the night begins with Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, a fast-paced, big brass piece inspired by Russian literary works and legend. For the first time in at least two decades, the evening’s performance will feature a trumpet solo. Phil Snedecor will perform Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat, a piece written in 1803 for Viennese trumpet virtuoso and inventor of the keyed trumpet, Anton Weidinger. 

Tickets range from $10 to $85. Visit for more information. 

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