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Meet Seattle Symphony’s New Conductor

Young French conductor Ludovic Morlot greets the public Friday morning.

By Laura Dannen July 9, 2010

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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