“The search is over. The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will announce today that Yaniv Dinur has been chosen as its next music director,” writes Keith Powers in Thursday’s (3/16) South Coast Today (Mass.). “Dinur succeeds maestro David MacKenzie, who retired at the end of the 2015-16 season after 10 years. Dinur was chosen from four music director finalists…. Dinur will join the NBSO with a three-year contract, and, as the orchestra’s president and CEO David Prentiss says, ‘it is our intent that he become an integral part of our community. … that’s what he wanted, too.’ Dinur will maintain his current position as assistant conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and in addition will lead the NBSO in ‘all of our subscription, pops and educational programs,’ according to Prentiss. Each of the four finalists … spent a week in rehearsals with the orchestra, met with NBSO supporters, gave a pre-concert lecture, and then conducted a concert. The process engaged the community in unexpected ways, said Lee Heald, director of AHA! New Bedford, who attended three of the four finalists’ concerts … ‘It really connected people with the fun and excitement—and the difficulty of choosing.’ ”

Posted March 20, 2017