Jean-Marie Zeitouni takes up his baton July 1 as music director of the Colorado Music Festival. Trained as a percussionist, the Montréal-based conductor was chosen from among last summer’s candidates as Michael Christie’s successor at the festival.

His opening-night program presents four of his favorite works by Rossini, Respighi, Debussy and Ravel, with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux as the soloist in Shéhérazade. For more about Zeitouni and the CMF season, which includes a cello minifestival, expanded chamber music, new opportunities for young musicians, and three popular Music Mash-Up evenings, visit www.comusic.org.