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The Boston Symphony Orchestra appoints first African-American maestro

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is making history Wednesday with the appointment of the organization’s first African-American maestro.

Thomas Wilkins will kick off his tenure as the BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor with two daytime performances at Symphony Hall. The shows are the first of seven in a program called, “Community Pride: A Musical Look at Cooperation, Communication, and Conviction.” The series runs through Saturday.

In his new position Wilkins will also engage in outreach, working with the BSO’s education department to help advocate for music education programs in schools throughout Massachusetts.