Santa Monica names music director

Santa Monica names music director


norman lebrecht

June 17, 2018

Orchestra Santa Monica has picked Roger Kalia, one of the new crop of Solti Foundation US grant recipients, as its music director.

Kalia, 33, is assistant conductor at the Pacific Symphony.

The Solti gift keeps on giving.


  • John Marks says:

    Could not happen to a nicer young man.

    john marks

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    I didn’t know much about this orchestra so I looked them up. They have many L.A. studio players among(st) their ranks. They sound quite good on their Youtube videos, but I notice that their repertoire is very conservative. Maybe the new guy will expand their horizons just a bit.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    Good luck, Roger! You have the talent and vision to take this orchestra into the future.

    • adrian gnam says:

      Congrats Roger, You join many of the former who have attained some very
      prestigious positions. All the best, Maestro Gnam