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DSO Rehearsal at Orchestra Hall (WWJ Photo/Florence Walton)

DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s longtime concertmaster is leaving the orchestra to join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

The Detroit orchestra’s musicians committee says in a statement Wednesday that Emmanuelle Boisvert has accepted the associate concertmaster position with the Dallas orchestra starting in September. She joined the Detroit orchestra in 1988 and became its concertmaster two years later.

Detroit Symphony spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt confirmed Boisvert’s departure in an email and says a statement was planned later Wednesday.

Boisvert said in the committee’s statement that she had planned to stay in Detroit for her entire career but “Dallas presented me with an opportunity I simply couldn’t refuse.”

The Detroit orchestra ratified a three-year contract with symphony management last month, bringing an end to a six-month strike. Musicians agreed to pay cuts.

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