“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has appointed LA Opera Music Director James Conlon as the BSO’s artistic advisor, beginning in September 2021,” writes Marcus Dieterle in Tuesday’s (11/17) Baltimore Fishbowl. “Conlon … will join the BSO in the 2021-22 season. The BSO announced in February that Music Director Marin Alsop will step down from her position [in August 2021]…. Alsop … will serve as Music Director Laureate and OrchKids Founder, leading three concert weeks per season through the 2025-26 season…. In the artistic advisor role, Conlon will lead three concert weeks per year in each of the 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 seasons. He will also help fill vacancies and attract musicians as part of the BSO’s recent five-year collective bargaining agreement. The BSO’s Artistic Advisory Committee, which is made up of musicians elected by their peers, and the BSO’s management recommended Conlon to fill the artistic advisor position…. The BSO will begin a multi-year international search for a music director…. BSO President & CEO Peter Kjome said Conlon’s appointment will allow the orchestra the time it needs to conduct a thorough search for its next music director.”