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Jul 24, 2012 06:39 PM EDT |

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Jonathan Martin, director of the Charlotte Symphony, has been named president and chief executive of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO).

DSO officials announced Monday the appointment of Martin, which will be effective in early September with five-year contract.

"Jonathan brings extraordinary experience, a pleasant personality and an inspirational vision to the position of President and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra," said Blaine L. Nelson, Chairman of the DSO Board of Governors.

"He is the ideal individual to lead the DSO and Dallas Symphony Association as we build on our commitment of continuing the artistic achievements attained by Music Director Jaap van Zweden. Jonathan will be instrumental in securing for the DSO its long-term stability and sustainability," the chairman added.

Upon the announcement, Martin said he's thrilled and honored and he joins "its musicians, staff, volunteers, generous patrons and passionate supporters at a time of unparalleled excitement and opportunity."

Martin, 55, served the Charlotte Symphony for four years since May 2008, after working at the Cleveland Orchestra for nine years as a general manager.

David Hyslop, DSO's current interim president and CEO since May 2011, will stay as an advisor for a smooth transition.

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