Feb. 2, 2005
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net

American Conductor David Handel Named Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica UN Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina

American conductor David Handel has been named Music Director of the Orquesta SinfónicaUN Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. The appointment is effective immediately. Maestro Handel's commitment to Orquesta Sinf—nica UN Cuyo will work concurrently with his current positions as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia and Principal Conductor of American Voices.

Maestro Handel has said this about his appointment, "This represents an important opportunity to apply many of the successful initiatives made with the National Symphony of Bolivia, reaching an ever broader public, working on the structure of the institution and thereby developing higher artistic standards and becoming ever more relevant to the general public and cultural life of the region. The UN Cuyo Symphony Orchestra is a very capable ensemble, with many outstanding musicians. Historically, it has played an important role in the musical life of one the largest cultural centers in Latin America. I have every expectation that we will achieve great things in Mendoza and throughout the region."

There is a Spanish-language article about this appointment online at http://www.uncu.edu.ar/contenido/index.php?tid=1&mid=127&itemaction=ampliar&M_Item=3720 and a recent Miami Herald article about him, also online at http://www.jamesarts.com/releases/jan05/handel-miami.htm.

David Handel has developed an extraordinary reputation as one of the most respected and innovative conductors in Latin America. His imaginative programming and distinctive community approach have brought record numbers of Bolivians to National Symphony concerts. Since the beginning of his tenure in Bolivia, audience attendance has grown twelve-fold, most of the new audience composed of young concertgoers. Handel's energy and critical acclaim have made him one of the busiest conductors in Latin America and has led to his numerous invitations as guest conductor with many of the most important orchestras of the region.

The syndicated South American magazine COSAS reported "...Handel has brought the National Symphony of Bolivia to levels of public awareness and excellence heretofore unknown. His energetic podium manner and repose in real life are fresh air in our midst." In fact, Handel's imaginative programming and distinctive community approach have brought record numbers of Bolivians to National Symphony concerts. Visit the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia online at http://www.sinfonicabolivia.org.

Since serving as Kurt Masur's assistant conductor, David Handel has led orchestras throughout the world, including a preview of young conducting talent with New York Philharmonic at New York's Carnegie Hall. He has been awarded a conducting fellowship from Germany's Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra and is one of few American conductors to have been invited to perform in Cuba in recent years Mr. Handel has represented the United States in Latin America and Central Asia as a recipient of United States Information Agency awards and as a Cultural Ambassador through the U.S. State Department Cultural Specialist Program. He has twice been awarded fellowships with the prestigious Fulbright Program. More information about David Handel can be found on the web at http://www.jamesarts.com/handel/handel_eng.htm.

For more information about Maestro David Handel, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net.

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