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Lorna McGhee is new principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lorna McGhee will be the new principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony, officially starting in January 2012. But she'll play with the orchestra on its late summer European tour and during the fall of 2011.

The flutist also will play at concerts May 20 to 22 at Heinz Hall, Downtown, which will include a commercial recording of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5.

Scottish born McGhee studied at the Royal College of Music in London, is a former co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London, and has taught at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver since 1998.

She succeeds Robert Langevin, who became principal flute of the New York Philharmonic in 2000 but continued to play with the symphony through 2004 for weeks when music director Mariss Jansons was on the podium.

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