The Sunriver Music Festival has hired a new Artistic Director. The man who conducted most of the concerts this year will lead the festival for the next three years. George Hanson has been the Director of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1996. He will take over the Sunriver Music Festival, following the retirement of long time director Lawrence Leighton Smith. He was forced to step down due to health problems. Hanson was originally scheduled to be the guest conductor at this last summer's festival, but when Smith's health caused him to cancel at the last minute, Hanson stepped in and conducted most of the festival.