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Brustad Named Director Of The Pacific Symphony

June 29, 1985|HERMAN WONG | Times Staff Writer

Wesley Brustad, executive director of the Spokane (Wash.) Symphony for the past five years, has been appointed executive director of the Orange County Pacific Symphony, officials of the Fullerton-based orchestra announced this week.

Brustad, 42, will assume his new post Aug. 5, said Raymond Ikola, chairman of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra Assn. As chief administrator, Brustad will direct audience-development and fund-raising campaigns. The Pacific's operating budget for 1985-86 is expected to top $1 million.

The symphony post has been vacant since March, when Topper Smith resigned to become orchestra manager of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Brustad is credited with guiding the development of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra--which now has a $1.2-million operating budget--into a prominent regional orchestra.

Last week the Pacific Symphony Orchestra announced that Edmundo Diaz del Campo, former assistant conductor of the Conservatory of Music Orchestra of Mexico City, will assume the newly created posts of assistant conductor and educational activities director.

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