Berlin's Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Names Kent Nagano Honorary Conductor

Classic Arts News   Berlin's Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Names Kent Nagano Honorary Conductor
The musicians of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin have voted to give Kent Nagano, the ensemble's departing chief conductor and artistic director, the title of Honorary Conductor. Only once before has this orchestra bestowed such an honor, on the late G‹nther Wand in 2002.

Nagano, who came to the DSO-Berlin in 2000, gave his farewell performances on June 16 and 17, with Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. He will serve as the orchestra's principal guest conductor next season; Ingo Metzmacher succeeds him in the fall of 2007.

This past season the California-born maestro also completed his tenure as music director of the Los Angeles Opera. He has served as music director of the Op_ra national de Lyon (1988-98) and the Hall_ Orchestra in Manchester (1991-2000), and he continues his nearly 30-year relationship with his hometown band, the Berkeley Symphony, with which he concentrates on contemporary music. At the start of the 2006-07 season he takes up two high-profile posts: chief conductor at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

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