Queens Native Named Music Director of Le Poisson Rouge House Orchestra

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Le Poisson Rouge, the Greenwich Village club whose nightly menu ranges from classical string quartets to jazz, hip-hop and world music, has named Tito Muñoz, a Queens-born conductor, as the music director of Ensemble LPR, a flexible new in-house orchestra.

The ensemble, comprised of New York freelancers, made its unofficial debut earlier this year at a concert marking the Titanic centennial (listen to the archived webcast on Q2 Music). Its first full season is slated for the latter half of 2013, which will be announced at a future date.

In a statement, Muñoz defined Ensemble LPR as "an ensemble capable of performing anything, breaking barriers and genres."

A former assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, Muñoz, 29, has a busy guest-conducting schedule this season that includes appearances in Detroit, Florida, Alabama and Phoenix. He is currently music director of the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy. 

Muñoz attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and studied violin and conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. 

Pianist/conductor Orlando Alonso and Ronen Givony (music director of Le Poisson Rouge and founder of the Wordless Music Series) will be co-artistic directors of the ensemble.

LPR co-founder David Handler said: "[Muñoz] is of that pedigree where he is capable of handling an elastic ensemble that ranges from chamber to symphonic size, that is committed to standard rep and the best living composers, equally comfortable accompanying the leading soloists of the classical world as he is collaborating with non-classical performers.”