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Utah Symphony Associate Conductor Vladimir Kulenovic has just been named one of six emerging conductors who will lead the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the 2013 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, a prestigious conducting showcase organized by the League of American Orchestras. The showcase, scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, takes place every other year in partnership with a League member orchestra and brings some of the most talented rising conductors to the attention of American orchestra leaders, according to the League. "With this showcase, the League is providing orchestras with an efficient way to identify talented conductors and perhaps discover their next music director or staff conductor," said Jesse Rosen, League President and CEO, in a press release. "It's an exciting experience as well as a valuable service." Other Preview conductors selected for this honor are: Joshua David Gersen, music director, New York Youth Symphony and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Conducting Fellow, New World Symphony; Keitaro Harada, assistant conductor, Arizona Opera and music director, Phoenix Youth Symphony; Gavriel Heine, staff conductor, Mariinsky Theatre (Russia) and music director, Northern Lights Festival Opera (Minnesota); Sameer Patel, assistant conductor, Fort Wayne Philharmonic; and Benjamin Rous, associate conductor, Virginia Symphony.
The six winners were chosen from a pool of more than 90 applicants, and were selected for their experience, talent, potential, and commitment to assume a greater leadership role with an American orchestra.