David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

The Newport Symphony mourns the passing, David Ogden Stiers, who died March 3. David was a guiding light for the NSO since its founding as well as serving as its resident conductor.

Music Director Adam Flatt: "All of us at the NSO are heartbroken. David Ogden Stiers was a generous, loving, and inspirational friend and pillar to our orchestra, and, indeed, to all of us individually. Our orchestra would not be here if it weren't for his great support and inspiration over three decades. His depth of musical feeling, love for our musicians, and charisma made his performances soar when he was on our podium. We will all work to keep David's spirit alive in all of our performances."

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David Ogden Stiers

Resident Conductor

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers

Although best known as an actor, David Ogden Stiers has had an active secondary career as a conductor. He has guest conducted more than thirty American orchestras in such cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Honolulu, and Chicago. Stiers’ acting credits include Broadway appearances in Ulysses in Nighttown and The Magic Show, and has toured in The Three Sisters, Measure for Measure, and The Beggar’s Opera. His film credits include Oh God!, The Accidental Tourist, Beauty and the Beast, and Mighty Aphrodite. On television he has played major roles in MASH, The Innocents Abroad, and Murder She Wrote. He narrated the PBS miniseries on Ronald Reagan and New York City. He has been nominated three times for Emmy awards.