A Flemish Maestro in Philadelphia: Dirk Brossé as the New Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra

'May the Force be with him'. That's what we wrote here a few months ago while talking about how composer John Williams picked his Flemish brother-in-arms Dirk Brossé  to serve as the conductor on his world tour with Star Wars: A Musical Journey. And the Force has obviously been with him, because earlier this week it was announced that Brossé is going to be the new Music Director of the prestigious Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Brossé is taking over the helm from Ignat Solzhenitsyn. According to the press release issued by the Chamber Orchestra, Brossé - who  recently conducted The Chamber Orchestra's 33 musicians in the October Scandinavian Perspectives program and appeared with the orchestra for 2008's performance of Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde - is 'a conductor and composer of international acclaim'. Maestro Brossé, as he is dubbed in the press release, will begin his term in July 2010, at the beginning of The Chamber Orchestra's 2010-2011 season, and  will conduct four of the Orchestra's concert programs in his first season as Music Director.

It is Brossé's sincere hope to maintain Solzhenitsyn's precedent of artistic excellence in leading the ensemble to perfection in the performance of classical music. And with more than 200 compositions and over 60 recordings under his belt, the Fleming should be quite up to this challenge. Or, to paraphrase Obi-Wan's words to Luke Skywalker: 'Use the Force, Dirk!'

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