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Jaap Van Zweden, a "Face to Watch"

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Says one baton-lovin' Friend of Unfair Park, Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director Jaap van Zweden received some early New Year's best-wishes courtesy the Los Angeles Times, which named him a classical-music "face to watch" in the coming year. Writes Mark Swed of the conductor unknown to locals a mere two years ago: Where's this Dutch treat been hiding all our lives?

From the evidence of Van Zweden's two CDs of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky symphonies recorded live in Dallas during his first season, the 50-year-old Dutch maestro (who is also a Juilliard-trained violinist and former concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) knows how to generate tense, tactile excitement in all kinds of music.

Van Zweden makes his Los Angeles Philharmonic bow in April. But, perhaps you've heard, he won't make his New Year's gigs with the DSO due to a bad shoulder and a note from his doctor.

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