James Paul is widely acclaimed as one of North America's most distinguished conductors. Mr. Paul has served as music director and conductor of the Baton Rouge Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic, associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony, conducting fellow of the St. Louis Symphony, and artistic advisor to the Tulsa Philharmonic. Mr. Paul currently holds permanent positions as music director and conductor of the Oregon Festival of American Music and music director of the Oregon Coast Music Festival, which he has held since 1990. After six seasons as principal guest conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival, he also served as artistic director of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival from 2006 to 2009.

Posted: Nov-13-2017
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In 1922, Paray composed music for the Ida Rubinstein ballet Artémis troublée. That year he and the Spanish violinist Manuel Quiroga premiered his Violin Sonata. In 1931, he wrote the Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc, which was premiered at the cathedral in Rouen to commemorate the quincentenary of Joan of Arc's martyr death. In 1935, he wrote his Symphony No. 1 in C major, which was premiered at the Concerts Colonne. He composed his Symphony No. 2 in A major in 1941.

Posted: Aug-19-1997
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"James Paul could hardly have wished for more auspicious weather with which to begin his tenure as principal guest conductor of the Grant Park Orchestra than the clear, breezy and temperate conditions that greeted his concert Wednesday night at the Petrillo Music Shell.

"Of course, even if the lakefront had been cold and wet, it probably would not have made much difference. The American conductor already has forged a genial but vigorous relationship with this ensemble, musically as well as personally. You sense the players are making music with him not because they have to but because they really want to."
— Chicago Tribune
Posted: Jun-22-2000