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GGFSO will deal with Hannon's move to Japan

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra has announced a potential podium change to coincide with its 2008-2009 centennial season. GGFSO Director James Hannon will be moving with his family to Japan.

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra has announced a potential podium change to coincide with its 2008-2009 centennial season. GGFSO Director James Hannon will be moving with his family to Japan.

Hannon's wife, Tricia Hannon, an educator with the U.S. Department of Defense, has accepted and been approved for a two-year teaching post in Japan. The Hannons and their children will be in Japan by the end of the summer.

GGFSO Board President Phil Mckenzie said the board and its executive director, Jennifer Tarlin, have been in constant contact with one another to ensure that the highest caliber performances will continue to take place, McKenzie said.

"We are very supportive of this excellent opportunity for Jim and his family. In fact, many of us on the board have come to the Grand Forks region because of opportunities taken by our spouses," McKenzie said in a statement.

Hannon has provided "terrific leadership" during his first two years as music director and will continue to be a part of this season that he developed, beginning with his return Sept. 27 for the gala opening performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, McKenzie said.

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"With the exception of our alumnus conductor, Timm Rolek, for our Baroque Concert, our conductor plans for the remainder of the year are not finalized, but we are well on our way," McKenzie said. "Expect an update soon."

Hannon, director of orchestral activities at Iowa State University, was named the 10th music director of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra in May 2006. His appointment followed a two-year national search.

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