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Michael Krajewski to replace Peter Nero in Pops

Associated Press Modified: November 14, 2012 at 12:17 am •  Published: November 13, 2012

In advance of the 2013-2014 season, Krajewski will guest conduct at two Pops concert series in March and April.

Encore Series president and chief executive officer Frank Giordano called Krajewski, who was signed to a three-year contract, "one of the absolute best and most respected Pops conductors in the country."

"As we plan for the future of The Philly Pops, Maestro Krajewski's energy and experience, his talent and reputation will be incredible assets to the orchestra," he said.

Krajewski has held posts including resident conductor of the Florida Symphony and music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. He has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and embarked on international tours including the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Iceland Symphony. He recorded two albums with the Houston Symphony and has collaborated with flutist James Galway and singers Roberta Flack and Art Garfunkel.

The press event at City Hall on Tuesday announcing Nero's successor struck a sour note with the maestro, who said he was not invited to attend.

"It's a horrible slight and a terrible way to treat him after 35 years," his attorney Paul Rosen said. "Poor Peter has been beside himself about it."

Rosen said the negotiation process had been contentious at times but it was disrespectful to exclude Nero, who wanted to make clear to the city and his fans that his absence was not a slight on his part. Giordano claimed that Nero was invited.