James Ross named Alexandria Symphony’s next music director

Posted on: May 24, 2018

“James Ross has been chosen as the new music director and conductor for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra,” writes Michaela Gleeson in Monday’s (5/21) Alexandria Times (Virginia). “Ross was the second candidate [of four finalists] to perform with the orchestra in October. His selection, ‘Britten & Brahms,’ signed off with Symphony No. 3 by German composer Johannes Brahms. It was well received by the viewers in the audience…. Ross … has amassed an international reputation as teacher, conductor and principal horn of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. His [teaching] career … includes stints at Yale University, Curtis Institute of Music and Haverford College.” He is orchestra director of the National Youth Orchestra–USA at Carnegie Hall, is on the conducting faculty at the Juilliard School, and served for sixteen years as professor and director of orchestral activities at the University of Maryland at College Park. “Ross also has [worked] with orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, [South Africa’s] KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. James Ross is just in time to lead the 2018-19 season, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.”

Posted May 24, 2018