BUFFALO, NY ( release Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra) The Ulster Orchestra announced Monday the appointment of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director JoAnn Falletta as Principal Conductor.
Falletta will conduct the orchestra for the first time as its Principal Conductor at a special pre-season Taster Concert in Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 21. She will have eight engagements with the orchestra in her first season of her three-year contract, conducting a quarter of the main season programs. She will also lead the orchestra in select regional concerts and other events.
“The Ulster Orchestra is one of the great orchestras of Ireland and the UK and has been a cornerstone of cultural life here in good times and bad for many, many years now. It is a huge honor for me to become its Principal Conductor,” Falletta said.
Falletta conducted the orchestra for the first time last year during their BBC Summer Invitation Concerts, and returned in January of 2011.
“I loved the spontaneity and energy of the musicians and I am so looking forward to exploring a repertoire that is both rich and diverse over the upcoming season,” Falletta said.
Ulster Orchestra’s Chief Executive, Declan McGovern said, “We have within our ranks some of the most talented musicians you’ll find in any orchestra in Ireland and UK. Bringing JoAnn Falletta into the mix as our Principal Conductor, an inspiring artistic leader with an international reputation and great track record, will not only continue to help the Ulster Orchestra to reach new heights, but new audiences as well.”
In addition to her appointment with the Ulster Orchestra, Falletta serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and is Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Her recent guest conducting appearances include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony and the National Symphony.
Under her direction the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra returned to recording, releasing 12 critically acclaimed discs on the NAXOS label, earning nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards. Hailing her as a “leading force for the music of our time,” the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored Falletta with 10 ASCAP awards.
More information on Maestro Falletta may be found at www.JoAnnFalletta.com. For more information on the Ulster Orchestra, visit www.ulsterorchestra.com.