Boston Symphony Orchestra names Andris Nelsons music director

After a more than two-year search for a successor to James Levine, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons will become its next music director, in 2014.

Nelsons will begin a five-year contract in the 2014-15 season when he is to direct 8-10 weeks of programs at Symphony Hall in Boston and several at the Tanglewood Festival, the orchestra’s summer home. This summer he will conduct Verdi’s Requiem at Tanglewood. Next season he will hold the title of BSO music director designate, leading concerts in October and March.

At 34, Nelsons is the 15th and also the third youngest conductor to hold the post in BSO's 132-year history. He made his BSO debut in 2011 when he substituted for Levine. Since 2008 he has served as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in England.

The BSO has been without a music director since Levine resigned for health reasons in March 2011.

--John von Rhein 

CHICAGO

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