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A Chat with the New Artistic Director of OK Mozart

On this edition of ST, we speak with Constantine Kitsopoulos, who was recently named the new artistic director of the OK Mozart International Festival. Kitsopoulos, appointed to the post in late October, is also the music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra, in New York City, and serves as general director of the Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. He's previously been a guest conductor at OK Mozart on several occasions; he also serves as the music director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, a multi-day cultural arts event in South Florida. No stranger to Broadway or the wider realm of musical theatre, Kitsopoulos was also the music director and conductor for "The Gershwins' 'Porgy and Bess'" (the recent Tony-winning production with Audra McDonald). On being named to this new position, Kitsopoulos said: "I've known about [OK Mozart] since its inception and have long admired its accomplishments. I'm very much looking forward to working with the Amici New York Orchestra, soloists, and chamber musicians to create programming that will unify the various elements of OK Mozart." As he tells us on today's show, Kitsopoulos hopes to bring a more "thematic approach" to the programming of this popular and long-running festival. (More information can be found at the OK Mozart website.)

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