Britt announces its new music director

Britt Festivals has selected its new music director and conductor of the Classical Festival following an extensive search that drew 130 applicants from the U.S. and Europe, festival officials reported.

Teddy Abrams, currently assistant music director of the Detroit Symphony and assistant conductor with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho and former resident conductor of the MAV Symphony in Budapest, will take the podium, today's announcement said.

"We believe that Teddy will bring his extraordinary ability to lead powerfully moving and insightful performances to the next chapter in the Britt Orchestra's history," Britt President and CEO Donna Briggs said in a release. "As Britt continues to realize its mission of connecting audiences to the inspirational power of classical music, we believe Teddy is uniquely qualified to help us grow new generations of listeners."

Abrams, 26, spent a week in residence at Britt over the summer and led the orchestra in two concerts.

Abrams will be responsible for building an artistic vision for Britt's Classical Festival, selecting guest artists and repertoire and leading the Britt Orchestra. Additionally, he will serve in a leadership position for educational, outreach and development programs.

Britt officials described Abrams as an accomplished pianist, clarinetist and composer. He is already working on the 2014 season, which will be announced Jan. 21.

"His musical talent, knowledge, and visionary leadership, along with his exuberance, will inspire the future of Britt's classical programming," Briggs said in her prepared statement.

— Ryan Pfeil

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