Musical Chairs: St. Louis Symphony Taps David Robertson to Replace Hans Vonk
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has named David Robertson as its new music director, ending an 18-month search to replace the venerable Hans Vonk, 61, who resigned in 2002 due to ill health. Robertson, whose three-year contract will begin in the fall of 2005, will be the 12th music director and only the second American-born leader of the 123-year-old orchestra. . . . The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music has announced the appointment of Kurt Sassmannshaus to the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Classical Violin. In addition, Cho-Liang Lin has been named distinguished guest artist in violin and Chee-Yun Kim named adjunct professor of violin.