Associated Press

DETROIT ó Neeme J‰rvi, who is stepping down this year as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, has signed a four-year contract to be chief conductor of the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague.
Under an agreement announced this week at a news conference in the Netherlands, J‰rvi will conduct eight subscription weeks per season as well as tours and recordings. He plans to open the 2005ñ06 season on September 20.
J‰rvi, who has spent 15 years in Detroit, gave the DSO a three-year notice of his plans to step down. He suffered a stroke in 2001 that caused him to miss some performances, but since has bounced back.
Last fall, J‰rvi became principal conductor and music director designate of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. And his three-year contract as music director starts with the 2005ñ2006 season.
J‰rvi, 67, a native of Estonia, studied at the Leningrad Conservatory and came to the United States in 1980. He has many recordings and has served for several years as principal conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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