Breaking: US conductor lands British orchestra

Best news of the day, so far.

The Buffalo Philharmonic conductor JoAnn Falletta has been named chief conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, a post left vacant since Kenneth Montgomery’s retirement. JoAnn’s just the right kind of livewire to blow cobwebs off a band, and just the right kind of personality to spread sweetness and light across the north of Ireland. Here’s the first report, in the Belfast Telegraph.

Go for it, JoAnn!

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  • This is truly wonderful news for Maestra Falletta and the Ulster Orchestra! I have had the pleasure to work with Maestra Falletta several times as well as with the Ulster Orchestra during the tenure of Yan Pascal Tortelier. Fine orchestra and splendid audiences!

  • Excellent! Ms. Falletta is an exceptional conductor, and the Ulster Orchestra is most fortunate.

  • george brown says:

    Good band — good conductor — looks like a great fit. Kudos to both!!!!

  • bob p says:

    Falletta is fine and she is a Maestro. Can we please put this “Maestra” nonsense to rest once and for all. I hear it so much in English-speaking circles. In Italian “maestra” means only one thing: school teacher. Whether you are a female or male conductor, if you are good you are called MAESTRO. It is a unisex term.

  • Steve Baker says:

    Congratulations are in order to both Ms. Falletta and the Ulster Orchestra.. I had the great fortune to work with JoAnn when I was its Associate Executive Director at the Buffalo Phiilharmonic. She’s a dream to work with and a wonderful human being.

  • I wish I could ever play with a conductor described by NL as “just the right kind of personality to spread sweetness and light”. For now, I just wonder about the very nature of the proccess which resulted in her collaboration with the irish band.

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