In Friday’s (3/19) Ottawa Citizen (Ontario), Steven Mazey reports, “National Arts Centre Orchestra director Pinchas Zukerman has renewed his contract with the orchestra through the 2014-15 season, the NAC has announced. Zukerman’s current contract was scheduled to expire at the end of the 2010-11 season. The NAC Board of Trustees unanimously approved the extension on the recommendation of Peter Herrndorf, the NAC’s President and CEO. … The Israeli-born Zukerman began as NACO music director in the fall of 1998. His contract renewal, which will take him to age 66, will make him the longest-serving director in the NACO history. Founding conductor Mario Bernardi was with the orchestra from 1969 to 1982. … In announcing the renewal of Zukerman’s contract, NAC officials praised his work in expanding the orchestra’s repertoire, its national and international touring and its educational work. … Subscription numbers have fluctuated during Zukerman’s tenure, but managing director Christopher Deacon says the numbers have hit a 20-year high in the current season.”

Posted March 19, 2010