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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 .


Posted: Apr 25 2012, 07:19 PM by the horn | with no comments
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