Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) ó Sir Andrew Davis, music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, has renewed his contract through the 2009ñ10 season, Lyric general manager William Mason announced Wednesday.
Davis, who has led 16 productions in Chicago since 1987, was named the Lyric's second music director in 2000, taking over the post from Bruno Bartoletti, one of the company's three founders.
"On behalf of everyone at Lyric, I am thrilled that our collaboration with Sir Andrew will continue through at least the end of the decade," Mason said in a statement. "His wonderful musicianship has raised the musical level of our already-renowned orchestra, and his participation at all levels of the company is inspiring."
Davis was born in 1944 in Hertfordshire, England, and was an organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge, where his talent for conducting was first noted. He has served as music director of the Glyndebourne Festival, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony.
He also has been a guest conductor with leading symphony orchestras and opera companies in the United States, Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
In 1992, Queen Elizabeth II named Davis a Commander of the British Empire. She appointed him a Knight Bachelor in the 1999 New Year Honours list.

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