Gemma New to be Dallas Symphony principal guest conductor

Wed Oct 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm

Gemma New will make her Dallas Symphony debut in the 2019-2020 season. Photo: Roy Cox

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has named Gemma New as principal guest conductor.

Her two-year contract will commence with the 2019-2020 season, in which she will make her DSO debut, leading two weeks of concerts and three weeks the following season.

β€œIt is a great pleasure and privilege to be named to this position at the Dallas Symphony,” said New, in a statement released by the orchestra Wednesday. β€œI am looking forward to joining these exceptional musicians on the Meyerson Symphony Center stage, creating transformative performances with them as well as making many new friends in Dallas.”

The New Zealand native is currently music director of the Hamilton (Ontario) Philharmonic Orchestra and resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony.

New attracted attention last year when she substituted on very short notice at Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, conducting a demanding program that included Richard Strauss’s Symphonia domestica.

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