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VSO plans new assistant conductor's debut

VSO plans new assistant conductor's debut

As the Virginia Symphony Orchestra plans a return to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront for the concert series, the organization also welcomes its new assistant conductor. The Symphony by the Sea concert series kicks off Thursday with Gonzalo Farias debuting in the role.

“In Gonzalo, we have found both a superb conductor and musician and a charismatic leader, and I am thrilled to have him as a colleague,” JoAnn Falletta, the VSO’s music director, said in a news release. “He is exceptional.”

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