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Peter Jaffe, conductor

Peter Jaffe has served as music director for Stockton Opera since 2001 and for the Stockton Symphony since 1995, consistently garnering accolades for his performances and fostering sustained artistic growth. Mr. Jaffe spearheaded the commission of Avner Dorman’s Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu, and the premiere of the imaginative work earned the Stockton Symphony national recognition for community engagement activities dealing with crucial social issues. He has made numerous radio and television appearances in California, and gained widespread recognition when NPR aired a portion of Chris Brubeck’s Mark Twain’s World, recorded with the Stockton Symphony. Recipient of top awards from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and the Stockton Arts Commission, he has been honored by the University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College for innovations in educational programming and by the Brubeck Institute for distinguished service. Mr. Jaffe also conducts the Auburn and Folsom Symphonies, and often appears with Symphony Silicon Valley. He has captivated audiences as guest conductor with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Mexico and Flagstaff Symphony Orchestras, and Sacramento and Virginia Symphonies, among many others, and won high praise for his pops performances in San Jose, Aspen, and Long Beach. He spent three seasons as director of orchestral activities at the Oberlin Conservatory and two as conductor and visiting professor at Stanford University, highlighted by an Eastern European tour with the Stanford Symphony. Mr. Jaffe is delighted to return to the opera hall for this production of Die Fledermaus.

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