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Rochester Chamber Orchestra Names New Leader

The Rochester Chamber Orchestra has named a successor to longtime music director David Fetler.

Orchestra president Ray Grosswirth says that Gerard Floriano will become artistic director for the 2014-15 season, and he will become the orchestra’s music director in August of 2015.

David Fetler will remain as music director for the upcoming season (his 51st year with the chamber orchestra), and after Floriano takes over, Fetler will become conductor laureate and as part of that position will conduct the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.

Floriano’s background includes having conducted in many of America’s premier concert halls, including Carnegie hall and Alice Tully Hall. Floriano is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and SUNY Geneseo and he has also been a guest conductor with the RPO and the Buffalo Philharmonic.

He is also a regular guest conductor in Europe, and Floriano has also served as artistic director of Mercury Opera Rochester and the Rochester Opera Factory.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.