ludovic morlot

French conductor Ludovic Morlot will succeed Gerard Schwarz at the Seattle Symphony.

If you’re a classical music fan, make a little time this morning to meet the new conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot. The 36-year-old Frenchman will be in the Garden of Remembrance (Second Avenue between Union and University) outside Benaroya Hall at 11:30am for a free public meet-and-greet, accompanied by a few members of the symphony who’ll perform, city officials, and Seattle Symphony board chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly. I had a chance to meet Morlot yesterday and when he told me—sincerely, demurely, with a hint of French accent—that "it was love at first sight" with the Seattle Symphony, I think I heard a flute trill in the background. I don’t know how he did it. He’ll take over as music director in 2011, after Gerard Schwarz’s 25th and final season leading the symphony.

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