New Music Director For The Cincinnati Symphony
After a two year search , the Cincinnati symphony , America's fifth oldest orchestra , has chosen French conductor Louis Langree ,51 , as its next music director . Langree will take over the position from Estonian conductor Paavo Jarvi , son of the renowned conductor Neeme Jarvi . Langree has served for several years as music director of Lincoln Center's world-famous Mostly Mozart festival and is also principal conductor of the Camerata Salzburg in Mozart's birthplace .
Langree has also appeared successfully at the Metroplitan opera , most recently conducting the revival of the once famous opera Hamlet by 19th century French composer Ambroise Thomas , as well as with leading orchestras and opera companies internationally . The members of the Cincinnati symphony are from all reports highly enthusiastic about the choice and are looking forward to working with the French maestro, who will be the orchestra's first music director from that nation .
The Cincinnati symphony was founded well over a century ago , and its music directors have included such eminent conductors as Leopold Stokowslki , Fritz Reiner ,Max Rudolf , and Thomas Schippers , and is considered to be a world-class ensemble by many critics and conductors .
Thus far, Langree is best known to the general public for Mozart and French music , so it remains to be seen how he will handle a wide variety of repertoire , ranging from the 18th century to the present day . But his appointment certainly looks very promising .