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Alexandria Symphony nears selection of new conductor - Source Alextimes

Posted on Apr 12,2018
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Nicholas Hersh performs at the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra last weekend (Courtesy photo)

Source Alextimes

By Alexa Epitropoulos

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - As the curtain closes on the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season, the organization is getting close to naming its first new conductor in three decades.

The process of searching for a replacement for longtime Maestro Kim Kluge, the 28-year symphony veteran who set down his baton in May 2016, was extensive. The symphony’s search committee fielded more than 170 applications from around the world and steadily narrowed the list down from 35 to 17 to the final four.

Those four – Michael Rossi, James Ross, José-Luis Novo and Nicholas Hersh – auditioned for the role by each conducting a concert. Rossi opened the season with “Wagner, Strauss & Beethoven” last September, followed by Ross in October with “Britten & Brahms” and Novo in February with “Debussy & Sibelius.” Hersh concluded the season Saturday and Sunday with “Bach, Piazzolla & Brahms.”

Source Alextimes

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