In Friday’s (10/23) Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell reports, “Jaap van Zweden has extended his contract as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through the 2015-16 season. Now starting his second season here, and a huge hit with musicians, audiences and critics, the Dutch conductor has signed a four-year extension to his initial four-year contract. The signing was to be announced at Thursday evening’s DSO concert. ‘It was obvious to everybody that we had a wonderful match from the beginning,’ said Doug Adams, president and CEO. ‘Even before the offer was made for him to come here, the orchestra felt this was a great match, and that has only become stronger through the first seasons.’ The contract extension commits van Zweden to 16 weeks per season, unusually generous in today’s orchestra world, with possible additional weeks for touring. Adams declined to reveal the salary. Van Zweden could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.”

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Posted October 23, 2009