The New York Philharmonic announced on Wednesday it has tapped Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden to be its next music director, according to the New York Times.
Van Zweden, who is currently music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, will become the music director-designate for the 2017-18 season and then will begin his five-year contract starting in the 2018-19 season.
According to the Times,
He will be the orchestra’s public face as it works to raise $360 million to renovate David Geffen Hall and to bolster its endowment; act as the leading artistic voice as the hall is redesigned; and be charged with making sure that the orchestra manages to retain its audience when construction, which is slated to start in 2019, leaves it homeless for at least two seasons.
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