Daniel Hege, conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Bea Gonzalez, President of the Syracuse Common Council will be special guest at the 16th annual Bloomsday of the Syracuse James Joyce Club on Tuesday, June 16.
This year's Bloomsday will be held at the W.Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts at Le Moyne College. The Special Guest program, which attracts leaders in literature, academia, politics, music and the theatre world to read five minutes of their favorite Joyce writings, will begin at 12 noon and last until 2 p.m.
It will be followed by the presentation of the James Joyce scholarship awards in essays and short stories. The reading of Joyce's masterpiece, "Ulysses," by club members will continue until 10 p.m. Admission is free. Food and drink are available.
The Syracuse Symphony is considered one of the best medium size city orchestras in the nation. Hege, before coming to Syracuse was director of the Chicago Youth Symphony, Associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony and resident conductor of the Baltimore Symphony. He joined the Syracuse Symphony in 1999.
Hege was born in Colorado and raised in Idaho. He began piano lessons at the age of nine and realized at that age that music would be his profession. His senior seminar paper at Bethel College was about how composer Dmitri Shostakovich worked under the repressive Stalin regime in Russia in the mid 20th Century.
In 2004 he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Le Moyne College.
Bea Gonzalez has had an outstanding career in academia and in the City of Syracuse government.
Presently she is the President of the Syracuse City Council and is the Dean of University College, Syracuse University. She is also the associate director of SU admissions at Syracuse University.
As dean of University College she directly supervises the maintenance of program quality in continuing education and summer programs. She received her Master of Arts, Syracuse University, the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.