Geoff Nuttall, the first violinist for the St. Lawrence String Quartet, will be the next director of Spoleto’s chamber music series. The announcement was made tonight at the farewell concert to Charles Wadsworth, the festival’s long-time director. Nuttall, who’d just dyed his hair blond the day before, was gracious in accepting the audience’s approval. Wadsworth assured the audience he was the right man for the job. Nuttall’s appointment has been in the making for at least two years, according to comments Nuttall made on stage tonight. But speculation had been brewing since last year when he was named associated director of the series, the first time the then-79-year-old Wadsworth had needed a deputy. This year Wadsworth announced he would be leaving the festival after this year, sparking further guessing that Nuttall would be tapped. “I’ve known Geoff and the St. Lawrence String Quartet for 18 years and I respect him as one of the most committed, sensitive, and dedicated artists in the world today,” Wadsworth said in a prepared statement. “I feel completely happy that Spoleto’s chamber music series could not be in better hands.” -JS

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