“Next season, Andrew Litton will take up the baton as New York City Ballet’s next music director,” writes Michael Cooper in Tuesday’s (12/16) New York Times. “It is unusual for a symphony conductor of Mr. Litton’s stature to decide to lead a ballet company ensemble: He is the music director of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, and was formerly music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony in Britain…. [Ballet Master in Chief Peter] Martins said, ‘I think it’s exciting for our audience to have a conductor of that stature, and that the quality of the orchestra will be even further improved.’ … Litton will be able to work with City Ballet for only 13 weeks next season, and 16 the following season—which is not uncommon for symphony orchestras, but will be a departure for City Ballet…. Litton, who will become the company’s sixth music director … [succeeds] Fayçal Karoui, who held the post from 2006 through 2012. Andrews Sill, who has been the company’s interim music director for the past two years, will become its associate music director.”

Posted December 17, 2014