Saturday, May 05, 2007

National Repertory Orchestra Hires New Director

Kerry Farrell, the National Repertory Orchestra’s new executive director, has known about the organization since college.

Although he never made it into the summer festival that works to prepare musicians under 30 for careers with a professional orchestra, he’s now heading up the organization.

Farrell is from California, where he worked for the Henry Mancini Institute.

In discussing his philosophy on orchestral music in today’s world, he said,

“I think that the place for orchestral music in our culture has been diminished a lot in the last 50 years or so. This summer institute that is the NRO is a great opportunity to strengthen the place of orchestral music in everyday culture, and help people to connect with a wide variety of musical opportunities.”

Farrell replaces Terese Kaptur, whose contract the NRO board of trustees decided not to renew in March.

The NRO's 2007 season debuts on June 16.

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