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Falletta Appointed BMC Guest Conductor


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JoAnn Falletta

Brevard Music Center (BMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of JoAnn Falletta as principal guest conductor through the 2013 season. Falletta, music director of the Buffalo and Virginia Symphony Orchestras, has appeared regularly at Brevard in recent years. As principal guest conductor at BMC she will conduct at least two programs each season.

""JoAnn Falletta is a major American musician. She is also a superb mentor to our students and a great friend to the music center,"" said Keith Lockhart, BMC artistic director and principal conductor. ""With JoAnn onboard in a formal capacity, our program will only grow stronger."" Adds Falletta, "I'm delighted with this appointment. The program at Brevard is excellent, the students are terrific and the setting is a great inspiration for teaching and enjoying music."

Falletta is frequently invited to guest conduct many of the world's great symphony orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony. She has mentored young musicians and conductors through programs at the League of American Orchestras and has guest conducted many of the top conservatory orchestras including Curtis, Juilliard and Mannes, and at Interlochen, Round Top and the Aspen Festival.

Maestro Falletta, whose contract with the BPO was recently extended through the 2015-16 season, has been credited with bringing the Philharmonic to a new level of national and international prominence. Under her direction the orchestra returned to recording, releasing 12 critically acclaimed discs on the NAXOS label, earning nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. Hailing her as a "leading force for the music of our time," the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored Falletta with 10 ASCAP awards. She serves as a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Brevard Music Center will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2011. Founded in 1936 by James Christian Pfohl, his vision to establish a music program for talented young people has matured into one of this country's finest summer institutes and festivals for aspiring musicians. BMC welcomes to its 180-acre campus each year 400 students, representing over 40 states and eight foreign countries. It has, as well, 65 distinguished faculty artists drawn from America's most prestigious conservatories, universities and orchestras. Each summer, the center invites an array of celebrated guest artists to appear in performance with the students of Brevard Music Center. The 2011 season will run from June 24 to Aug. 7.

More information on Maestro Falletta may be found at For more information on Brevard, visit brevardmusic



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