Dutch joke: Edo de Waart is awarded assistant conductorshipOrchestras
The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra has awarded honorary conductor Edo de Waart with the title Assistant Conductor. The Edo de Waart Assistant Conductorship was presented today in honour of De Waart’s 80th birthday.
They couldn’t find a better title?
UPDATE: His London agency has issued this clarification:
Yesterday Edo was rehearsing with the Netherlands Radio where he was previously Music Director and is now Conductor Laureate – at the rehearsal they announced that for his 80th birthday, which they are celebrating this week, they have dedicated the assistant conductor position to him and the title now bears his name. A kind gesture reflecting the longstanding relationship he has with the orchestra.
He’s delighted to finally be back on the podium in Amsterdam this week as part of a year of sadly curtailed concert celebrations for his 80th year – his birthday is in June.