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Virginia Chamber Orchestra Announces New Music Director

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VCOlogoThere's a new maestro coming to the Virginia Chamber Orchestra next month.

Maestro David Grandis will take the podium as the Orchestra's new music director on Oct. 20 for the "Romantics with a French Twist" performance.

Grandis is one of the most accomplished young conductors now appearing on both sides of the Atlantic, the VCO said in a news release.

When in Europe, Grandis regularly serves as assistant conductor of the historic Lyon National Opera. In the U.S., he is assuming the position of conductor of the College of William and Mary Symphony Orchestra, as well as his new role at VCO.

In the past, Grandis has guest conducted with the Bordeaux National Symphony and Nice Philharmonic in France, the Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia.

In 2011, Grandis appeared as guest conductor for VCO at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.

"We are grateful to Emil de Cou for introducing us to David. He is an exciting young talent who immediately delighted our audiences and our musicians," VCO President Douglas Lovejoy said in a news release.

For the opening concert of the VCO's 43rd Season David Grandis has selected Schubert's joyful Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll – a symphonic poem for chamber orchestra – and Poulenc's Deux marches et un intermède.

Tickets will be available at the door or at discounted advance purchase prices online.

Parking is free and a complimentary reception follows.

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