LeAnn Rimes

Featured Guest Artist

Le Ann Rimes

LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 40 million albums, won two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the "Best New Artist" category. Rimes has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including "Can't Fight the Moonlight" which went #1 in 11 countries, and "How Do I Live," which is the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Rimes is an accomplished actress and author, including writing two children's books Jag and Jag's New Friend, as well as the novel, Holiday in Your Heart and the inspirational book What I Cannot Change.

LeAnn has long-supported a variety of charity organizations including advocating for the National Psoriasis Foundation, The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes and StandUp For Kids.


Thomas Wilkins

Guest Conductor

Thomas Wilkins

One of the country's most distinguished conductors, Maestro Thomas Wilkins returns to lead the San Diego Symphony for the eighth successive year. A highly sought after guest conductor for top orchestras throughout the United States, Wilkins always brings a special energy and excitement to each performance, which is why he’s been invited back to Symphony at Salk – A Concert Under the Stars.

Wilkins is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and he continues his role as the Music Director of the Omaha Symphony. Past positions include Resident Conductor of the Detroit Symphony as well as the Florida Orchestra (Tampa Bay), and Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony (Virginia). He has also served on the music faculties of North Park University (Chicago), the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

A native of Norfolk, VA., Wilkins resides in Michigan with his wife, Sheri-Lee, and their twin daughters, Nicole and Erica.

San Diego Symphony

In the 100 years since its inception, the San Diego Symphony has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. The Symphony is committed to providing musical experiences of superior quality for the greater San Diego community and beyond. Through a rich mixture of innovative and educational programming designed to appeal to all ages and cultures, the Symphony makes music an integral part of the cultural and intellectual fabric of the San Diego region, valued by and relevant to all its residents.

The San Diego Symphony offers a wide range of concert experiences and performs more than 100 concerts each season, including an annual appearance at "Symphony at Salk." Symphony performances at downtown San Diego's historic Symphony Hall include the Jacobs' Masterworks series led by Music Director Jahja Ling, offering traditional classical repertoire; City Lights, featuring Principal Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch and popular guest artists; the Family Festival, featuring family friendly concerts; and the Symphony Exposé, a fascinating series of concerts that examine classical works from entertaining and thought-provoking angles. Each year, from July through September, the Symphony presents an outdoor Summer Pops season at Embarcadero Marina Park South, mixing classical favorites and pop music in a festive, outdoor atmosphere on San Diego's picturesque waterfront.