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Andrew Davis will be the TSO's interim artistic director

Robert Rowat

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced Andrew Davis will be its interim artistic director for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. Davis, who served as the TSO's music director from 1975 to 1988 and has conducted the TSO in every season since, will take over the artistic direction upon the departure of current music director Peter Oundjian, at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

As interim artistic director, Davis will open the 2018-19 season and hold a five-week tenure with the orchestra in each of his two seasons.

"I love being part of the TSO family," Davis said in a press release. "My years here have been some of the happiest in my career." He reflected further on the appointment in this video:

Oundjian will become the orchestra's music director emeritus, in recognition of the 14 seasons he will have led the TSO.

Meanwhile, the TSO continues its selection process to name a successor to Oundjian as music director. The search committee, comprising TSO musicians, members of the board of directors and senior management representatives, is expected to conclude its work in 2018.

Explore the TSO's 2017-18 season here, and enjoy this performance of Edward Top's Eruption, part of TSO Canada Mosaic, a Canada 150 Signature Project.

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