US Conductor Named Basel Music Director

NEW YORK (AP) -- American conductor Dennis Russell Davies has been named music director of the Basel Symphony Orchestra, filling a position that had been vacant since 2006.

The five-year appointment with Switzerland's biggest orchestra begins with the 2009-10 season, the office of New York publicist Mary Lou Falcone said Thursday.

Davies will retain his position as chief conductor and music director of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz and the Linz Opera. That appointment began in 2002 and runs through 2014.

The year he starts in Basel, he will have completed an 11-year project of performing and recording the complete cycle of Haydn's 107 symphonies with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, where he was chief conductor from 1995-2006. Completion of that project coincides with the 200th anniversary year of Haydn's death.

Davies, 63, has been chief conductor at several orchestras for nearly four decades, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York-based American Composers Orchestra, which he co-founded more than 30 years ago.

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