Monday, April 27, 2015

New Music Director for New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Jacques Lacombe is the new leader of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra announced today. Lacombe conducts two weeks of concerts this season as music-director-designate. Starting in Sept. 2010, he takes the full title, conducting the orchestra nine or ten weeks a year. He has a three-year contract.

New Music Director for New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Jacques Lacombe is the new leader of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra announced today. Lacombe conducts two weeks of concerts this season as music-director-designate. Starting in Sept. 2010, he takes the full title, conducting the orchestra nine or ten weeks a year. He has a three-year contract.

Lacombe, 46, has only led the New Jersey orchestra once before - a Carmina Burana in November. Born in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, he was principal guest conductor of the Montreal Symphony, and has led opera performances at the Bavarian State Opera, Covent Garden and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

More locally, we know his work from Opera Company of Philadelphia productions of Carmen, Faust, Macbeth, The Pearl Fishers and Werther.

Lacombe - artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières in Quebec - follows Neeme Järvi, who led the New Jersey orchestra from 2004-09.

The Star-Ledger has more.

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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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