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Louis Langrée Renews For More Mostly Mozart
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 12:00 AM
Louis Langrée, the music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center since 2002, has renewed his contract through 2017, at which point he'll mark his 15th season at the summer event.
The renewal comes as the Paris-based Langrée is expanding his stateside presence: he started last November as music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Langrée is also chief conductor of the Camerata Salzburg in Austria.
Last week, Lincoln Center president Jed Bernstein signaled his support for Langrée by posting a selfie with the maestro and other musicians on Twitter.
Rochester Philharmonic Names New Music Director
Langrée's appointment came as ink on another conductor's contract was barely dry. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra said Tuesday morning that it has named 31-year-old Ward Stare to be its new music director.
Stare, a Rochester-area native, played trombone in the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at age 11 and went on to study at the Juilliard School. His four-year appointment comes after an 18-month search following the firing of Arild Remmereit. Stare’s appointment is effective September 1.