Boston Symphony Orchestra names new music director

BOSTON (AP) – Andris Nelsons has been named music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The chairman of the 132-year-old orchestra's trustees made the announcement Thursday.

The 34-year-old Nelsons, a native of Latvia, said
in a statement that he is “deeply honored and touched” by the
appointment and plans to make his first appearance in Boston as the
orchestra's 15th music director in June.

Trustees Chairman Ted Kelly says Nelsons' “unique
creativity and visionary instincts will bring a remarkable inspiration”
to the orchestra.

Nelsons has earned distinction on both the opera
and concert podiums, including those of the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna
Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Bavarian Radio Symphony
Orchestra, and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Metropolitan Opera
and Vienna State Opera.

James Levine was the orchestra's previous music director. He left in 2011.

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