Northern Virginia Magazine: James Ross is the new conductor for the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

Posted Nov 29, 2018 | ASO News, 

When Kim Allen Kluge stepped away as Alexandria Symphony Orchestra’s music director in June 2016, ASO’s Board of Trustees were already in the process of what would become a two-year, international search to replace him. But in the meantime, the show went on.

James Ross, a professor and director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Maryland since 2001, was familiar with ASO by reputation and was invited to serve as a guest conductor in the fall of 2016. Little did anybody know, this guest performance would turn into a permanent one.

Ross, who also is the orchestra director of the National Youth Orchestra–USA at Carnegie Hall, is on the conducting faculty at the Juilliard School and the music director of Orquesta Simfonica del Valles in Barcelona, has been named ASO’s fifth music director and will lead the orchestra as it heads into its 75th anniversary season.

To read the original article published in the July 2018 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine, click here.