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Conductor Jaap van Zweden is ready for his close-up

May 7, 2011 |  1:00 pm

Jaap An injured shoulder forced Jaap van Zweden to cancel last weekend’s engagement with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But the Dutch conductor is soldiering on.

Van Zweden, the current music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has upcoming debuts with the Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic and has become a definite favorite of musicians, subscribers and critics in Chicago and Dallas.

“Perhaps no guest conductor in recent years has connected with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and its audience as impressively as Jaap van Zweden,” wrote Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein in an October 2010 review.

Read about the conductor who is going places in Matthew Erikson's Sunday Arts & Books story.

Photo: Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director Jaap van Zweden conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 2 at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas last May. Credit: Ron Heflin / Dallas Morning News