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Spokane Symphony Music Director and Conductor Preu announces farewell season

Tuesday Sep 19, 2017 • Features • Other Media

By Elena Gardner

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Symphony Board of Trustees announced Tuesday that next season will be Music Director and Conductor Eckart Preu's last with the orchestra.

48-year-old Maestro Preu signed a one-year contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 Symphony season. Preu has been with the orchestra for 15 years.

"Spokane is very fortunate to have benefited from Eckart’s charismatic leadership,” said Lorrie Scott, president of the Spokane Symphony Board of Trustees. “His talent, energy and innovation have made an impact in our community and elevated the orchestra’s level of musical excellence, ultimately positioning the Spokane Symphony for long-term success.”

Maestro Preu was the eighth music director since the Spokane Symphony was founded in 1945.

“I love this orchestra, and I love this community,” said Eckart Preu, music director. “At this point in my career, there are more opportunities knocking. My new positions in Long Beach and Cincinnati are taking more of my attention, as is my family. I love Spokane, and look forward to planning an extraordinary finish through the end of next season,” he said.

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