Asheville Symphony Names Music Director

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The Asheville Symphony Orchestra of North Carolina has named Daniel Meyer, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, as its new music director, the orchestra announced yesterday. He replaces Robert Hart Baker, who stepped down earlier this year.

Meyer has signed as three-year contract with the ASO. He will retain his position in Pittsburgh.

"Meyer's appointment will contribute significantly to Asheville's growing reputation as a destination city," said orchestra president Tom Bolton in a statement. "He will engage all ages in the excitement of classical music through his energy, charisma, intelligence, and commitment to education. We are fortunate and excited to welcome him as our next conductor."

The former assistant conductor of the Knoxville Symphony, Meyer has conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony, among other groups.

Meyer and the other finalists for the music director position‹Alexander Mickelthwate, assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Timothy Hankewich, resident conductor of the Kansas City Symphony‹led the ASO in concerts earlier this season. Meyer will return for the ensemble's season finale in April.

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