FEBRUARY 26, 2014

Conductor Tito Muñoz takes the baton as Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony

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tito munozPHOENIX – Internationally acclaimed conductor Tito Muñoz has been appointed the new Virginia G. Piper Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony.

A native of New York, Muñoz comes to the podium most recently serving as Music Director of the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy in France. He will launch the Symphony’s 2014/15 Season this coming September.

"Today marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between the world class musicians of The Phoenix Symphony and one of the greatest young musical talents of our time," remarked Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. "Tito represents the dynamic and exciting ability to advance the orchestral art form by celebrating the classical tradition but also experimenting with a more accessible 21st century approach. He will also help us achieve our overall vision of being the arts leader in the revitalization of Arizona as he understands the optimistic goals of our community at large."

As Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony, Muñoz is charged with overseeing the artistic development of the classical season programming, and providing leadership for all of the Symphony’s performance series.

"I am honored to be named the next Virginia G. Piper Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony.” says Music Director Tito Muñoz. “From our very first concerts together, I felt a fantastic chemistry with the musicians. Their passion and desire for excellence is truly inspiring. I also admire the orchestra's industry leadership and innovation, not only in its music making, but also in its Education and Community Engagement initiatives which align with my own commitment to working with our next generation of young artists. I am excited to begin a new chapter with The Phoenix Symphony and I look forward to joining this wonderful community.

“I am confident, after an extensive two and a half year search, that our musicians and Search Committee have found the right Music Director for our Symphony and for our community,” added C.A. Howlett, Chairman of The Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors. “Tito Muñoz is going to provide a new and energetic face for our Symphony and be well positioned to lead Arizona’s largest arts organization into the future.  We welcome him and are excited to introduce him to our widely diverse and international community.” 

To learn more about Tito Muñoz click here.

For more information about The Phoenix Symphony visit www.phoenixsymphony.org