Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia extends music director contract with Dirk Brossé

Posted on: January 20, 2017

“The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has renewed a contract with music director Dirk Brossé that keeps him in the post through the 2021-22 season,” writes Peter Dobrin in Wednesday’s (1/18) Philadelphia Inquirer. The orchestra “will continue to develop programs that mix standard repertoire with less familiar composers, living composers, and world premieres, [Executive Director Bill] Rhoads said. In addition, the group next season will develop a ‘point of cohesion’ spread across the entire season. ‘For instance,’ he said, ‘maybe it will focus on a specific instrument or on a certain area of the world, or on other disciplines, maybe a focus on dance or the written word, or visual arts or a certain style of music that we wish to magnify.… Brossé—based in Ghent, Belgium—became music director of the chamber orchestra in 2010. He is also a composer, and this May will conduct the premiere of his own Pictures at an Exhibition inspired by pieces at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Brossé toured the collection and … settled on works of Edward Hopper, Edward Hicks, Thomas Moran, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Man Ray, and Mark Rothko … all American, many with Philadelphia connections.” 

Posted January 20, 2017