“Jacques Lacombe, who has helped the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to stretch its range with performances of contemporary works and innovative partnerships over the past five years, will leave his post as music director when his contract is up in 2016,” writes Ronni Reich in Wednesday’s (10/8) Star-Ledger (New Jersey). “He will leave to better coordinate his commitments to orchestral music and opera, as well as his work in North America and Europe as his schedule as a guest conductor picks up.… Lacombe made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 with the orchestra … at the Spring For Music festival.… The orchestra was selected for adventurous programming, for which it also has recently been recognized by ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras.… Lacombe has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera; at the Tanglewood Music Festival, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra; with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and with the Québec Orchestra. The Québec native is also music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières there.… The orchestra’s search for a new music director will begin this season. ‘In the life cycle of an orchestra, six years is a great run and we’re grateful for the time he’s spent with us,’ said NJSO president and CEO James Roe.”

Posted October 8, 2014

Pictured: Jacques Lacombe leading the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Photo  by Fred Stucker