With Scott Goff retiring the SSO needed a new principal flute and late last week Ludovic Morlot found his man: Demarre McGill. From the press release.
Seattle Symphony announces the appointment of Principal Flute Demarre McGill, who will join the Orchestra in September. He comes to Seattle from the San Diego Symphony where he has been Principal Flute since 2004. The Symphony’s current Principal Flute Scott Goff will retire at the end of this season after 42 years in the position.
Seattle Symphony Music Director Designate Ludovic Morlot commented, “The first principal appointment is always important for a new music director, and I am so pleased that Demarre McGill will be joining the Orchestra in the fall as Principal Flute. I admire his incredible talent and energy, as well as the work he has done to introduce new audiences to classical music — something I, too, am passionate about.”
McGill’s brother is none other that Anthony McGill, principal clarinet in the Met Opera Orchestra. Can’t wait to hear McGill in next season’s performance of Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.