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Knoxville will have to find a new maestro.

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra announced Thursday that Maestro Lucas Richman will conclude his tenure with the KSO following the 2014-2015 season.

Maestro Richman was named the seventh Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 2003. In a release, the KSO said,"He has overseen unparalleled artistic growth in the Orchestra, spurred the organization to expand its education and outreach programs and served as the driving force in the introduction of the KSO's Music & Wellness program (which now, a decade strong, has multiple national recognitions to its credit)."

While in Knoxville, Maestro Richman received a GRAMMY Award in 2011 the category of Best Classical Crossover Album for having conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Christopher Tin's classical/world fusion album, Calling All Dawns.

"It has been my good fortune to work with Lucas for the past six years," said KSO Executive Director Rachel Ford. "He is an artist of exceptional depth and passion and has a creativity that is unsurpassed. His wit and humor are matched by his grace and kindness. He will be sorely missed, but I am absolutely confident that the next stage in his career will be filled with exciting new projects and will find him busier than he has ever been. We look forward to his return engagements in Knoxville."

"Lucas Richman has grown the artistic quality of the Knoxville Symphony beyond what anyone might have imagined when he took the reins in 2003" said Board President A. Richard (Rick) Johnson. "We have enjoyed amazing concerts, from the reopening of the Tennessee Theatre to multiple collaborative productions with the Clarence Brown Theatre; from family concerts with his animated character Picardy Penguin to entertaining Pops performances—Lucas is the complete package. We are deeply sad to see him go but realize how lucky we have been that he chose Knoxville as his home for so long and through such a growth period in his own career and in the life of our Orchestra."

The KSO Board of Directors will form a search committee that will be tasked with the search for a new Music Director to occur during the 2015-16 season.

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