Overland Park Orchestra hires Italian conductor Raffaele Cipriano

Raffaele Cipriano is the Overland Park Orchestra’s new conductor.

The Overland Park Orchestra has a new conductor. Raffaele Cipriano, an Italian musician, music director and conductor by trade, took over the leadership of the city’s symphonic group in mid-October.

Cipriano replaced Shokhrukh ‘Shah’ Sadikov, a professor of violin and viola at Fort Hays State University who had led the Overland Park Orchestra for the past year before he pivoted focus to his Overland Park-based symphonic nonprofit, NAVO.