GALVESTON Trond Saeverud will be appearing as a guest conductor with the Galveston Symphony Orchestra, but he really is more of a resident.

Saeverud and his wife, visual artist Joan Siem, have been splitting time between Maine and Galveston.

We have been down here every winter for close to 16 years, he said.

Saeverud will be performing with the symphony Sunday and March 10 as part of the GSO s search for a new resident conductor. Richard Pickar, who served as the symphony s conductor since its founding in 1979, left after the 2011-12 season.

The concerts are essentially auditions for the resident conductor job, but Saeverud was not solely interested in pleasing the search group.

This is part of their conductor s search, so I wanted to show a bit of variety in the repertoire that I can do as a conductor, he said. But mostly it is to make a concert that is enjoyable for the audience and for the orchestra to play. The Sunday show will be a vigorous performance.

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