Richard Auldon Clark
Richard Auldon Clark is one of the youngest conductors ever to appear on the stage of Carnegie Hall. A fervent proponent of American music, Mr. Clark has conducted more than 100 world premiere performances and has 30 CD recordings in his rapidly expanding discography. As founder and conductor of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra he has committed it to premiering and recording the music of young composers, as well as that of more established artists whose works have been largely overlooked or forgotten.
Beyond the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Clark has been very active. He has conducted the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as well as performing in Broadway orchestras (Annie Get Your Gun and Ragtime), on "Saturday Night Live" with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, and on Aerosmith's hit song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." He has also collaborated with Kurt Vonnegut on setting recordings of the author's books to music.