(Akiko Fujimoto, photo by Josh Kohanek) 

The Minnesota Orchestra announced today a shift in its conducting ranks: Akiko Fujimoto, now an assistant conductor, has been named associate conductor for the 2018-19 season.

Fujimoto came to the orchestra in 2017, becoming the second woman ever to join its conducting team. In her first year, she conducted the orchestra's Common Chords performances in Mankato, led several Young People's concerts and more, according to a press release.

This summer, you can see her on the podium for the annual Symphony in the Cities concerts, July 9 to 15.

Fujimoto will succeed Roderick Cox, the associate conductor who is coming to the end of his three years with the Minnesota Orchestra. Read a profile of Cox here. Cox will lead his final concerts July 27, conducting two Symphony in 60 performances. Then he'll join the Minnesota Orchestra for its tour of South Africa in August.

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