March 6, 2003

Andrew Litton to lead Minnesota Orchestra's Summer Festival

Andrew Litton, music director of the Dallas Symphony, has been named artistic director of Sommerfest, the Minnesota Orchestra's summer music festival.

Litton will conduct the final two weeks of this year's festival, which runs from 11 July through 2 August, the newspaper says. Litton will take the stage as both pianist and conductor 25 July for a performance of Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis and principal cellist Tony Ross and he will lead his own arrangement of music from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in the festival's final concert.

Litton has been signed to a three-year deal. His predecessors at the festival, which was previously called MusicFest, include Leonard Slatkin, Michael Steinberg, David Zinman and Jeffrey Tate.