In Wednesday’s (5/15) Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), Chris Waddington writes, “Internationally known Carlos Miguel Prieto has a signed a new, five-year contract as artistic director with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Mexican maestro has led the New Orleans aggregation since 2005 and has been a key player in its post-Katrina resurgence. Prieto’s contract, which will be announced Thursday, ensures that he will remain in New Orleans as artistic director through the 2018-19 season. This is the second contract renewal for Prieto, who previously extended his relationship with the LPO in 2009. The LPO also will announce the appointment of James William Boyd as chief executive officer. Boyd has served as interim managing director since July 2012. … ‘After eight seasons in New Orleans, I know a lot more about the orchestra and the city. I can see the huge strides that the city is making—new businesses, new building, new people—and I want to make sure that the orchestra is a part of that,’ Prieto said. The League of American Orchestras hailed Prieto’s new contract. In an email on Tuesday, League president Jesse Rosen wrote, ‘This announcement shows that the orchestra has confidence in the artistic direction, and that the partnership is strong. This is great for the organization and for the community as a whole.’ ”

Posted May 15, 2013