New Jersey Symphony’s Lacombe knighted by Quebec government

Posted on: June 7, 2012

Wednesday (6/6) on the Star-Ledger online (Newark, New Jersey), Ronnie Reich writes, “On the heels of a successful Carnegie Hall debut, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra music director Jacques Lacombe will soon add knighthood to a fast-growing list of honors. The National Order of Québec has announced that Lacombe is to be knighted for his influence in Canada, in the U.S. and globally. The award is the highest conferred by Québec’s government. … Under Lacombe’s leadership, the NJSO has brought forth new works by Robert Aldridge and George Walker as part of the New Jersey Roots Project and included interdisciplinary programs such as Scriabin’s ‘Prometheus: The Poem of Fire’ with color organ in the orchestra’s annual Winter Festival. Lacombe is also music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières and was previously Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. The NJSO and Lacombe conclude the 2011-12 season with performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 in concerts June 7-10 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Mayo Performing Arts Center.” The knighting ceremony takes place in Québec on June 7 at 2 p.m. and will be streamed live at http://www.assnat.qc.ca/audiovideo/web2av.asx with repeat webcasts at 10:35 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Lacombe is in New Jersey conducting the NJSO and will receive his honor in absentia.)

Posted June 7, 2012