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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra welcomes a new Executive Director

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MADISON (WKOW) -- On June 24th, the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra announced that Mark Cantrell will be the next Orchestra's Executive Director.

Currently, Cantrell is the Executive Director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.  He begins his work with WCO on September 1st.

Chair of WCO's Board of Director Gordon Ridley says, "After an extensive search that attracted a diverse group of highly qualified candidates from across the country, we are excited to welcome Mark Cantrell to Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra."

Ridley also says, "He is a talented musician and experienced leader with a passion for music, education, and outreach.  Mark is an outgoing personality with a unique personality with a unique background as a professional musician, commercial airline pilot, and arts administrator.  We are thrilled that he and his family have chosen to make Madison their home."

WCO's Music Director Maestro Andrew Sewell says, "Mark brings a life of experience as a practicing musician, orchestra manager and pilot." 

Cantrell has been Executive Director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra since 2010 and was a personnel manager for the Boston Pops for eight years.  He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University.  During a hiatus from performing arts, Cantrell worked as a Captain for United Express Airlines.

"The Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra is a true gem set amongst the stage of the American orchestra scene," Cantrell says. 

The first of WCO's Concerts on the Square will be held on Wednesday, June 26th.  The indoor concert season starts on Friday, October 11th at Overture Center's Capitol Theater, featuring pianist Bryan Wallick.

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