Charlotte Symphony Music Director Warren-Green Renews Contract

on Aug 14, 2012 06:18 PM EDT

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Music Director Christopher Warren-Green has renewed his contract through the 2015-16 season.

The orchestra announced today that its British director, who conducted the London Chamber Orchestra for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year, will be staying on in the orchestra three more years.

"I am very enthusiastic about staying in Charlotte and continuing the work I have
begun," said Warren-Green in a statement.

"My wife Rosemary and I have been welcomed so enthusiastically into the fabric of the Charlotte community. This shows that the community can and will help us create the New American Orchestra right here in Charlotte," Warren-Green added.

The British violinist and conductor has served as concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra and held the position of Music Director of the London Chamber Orchestra (LCO) since 1988. From 1998 to 2001, he was Chief Conductor of the Joenkoeping Sinfonietta.

After serving the Camerata Resident Orchestra of the Megaron Athens as Principal Conductor from 2004, Warren-Green was named as the 11th music director for Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in 2009.

During his first three years as Music Director, Warren-Green, 56, has increased the visibility and enhanced the public image of the Charlotte Symphony at home and abroad.

Warren-Green, who is also the director of LCO, and his wife Rosemary Furniss, violinist and concertmaster for the LCO, will continue to make their primary residence in Charlotte while busy schedules require worldwide travel.

As for the future of the organization, Warren-Green's vision includes continued artistic
excellence, increased partnerships with other organizations, innovation through new
programs, and service to the community, all with the goal of attracting a new and
broader audience.

He will continue to build on programs such as the innovative KnightSounds series, which challenges preconceived notions of the classical music concert and breaks down the barriers between the orchestra and its community.

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