Thursday, January 03, 2008

MSO Scores a Big One!

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra landed a big fish in Edo de Waart.

This is comparable to the Art Museum's landmark (in its own way); De Waart is highly respected and recognized worldwide.

De Waart will conduct 12 of the orchestra's 18 classical subscription concerts in the 2009-'10 season.

De Waart is music director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, which recently extended his contract through 2012. Next season, he will become principal conductor of the Santa Fe Opera, an important post recently vacated by Alan Gilbert, new conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

This part is absolutely priceless:

The Milwaukee appointment works for de Waart partly because of geography. Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Dopp, his wife of almost 10 years, grew up in Middleton. Because they regard Middleton as a good place to raise their two young children and because they treasure the family support there, the couple made the Wisconsin town their principal home a year and a half ago.

Others may have suggested Oconomowoc, but Middleton will do.

Good work, Mark Hansen!!

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