Andrew Birgensmith will spend another five years as the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's president and CEO.

The orchestra last week extended Birgensmith's contract through June 2018.

He came to the TSO in July 2011 from the Kansas City Symphony, where he was general manager for eight seasons.

So far, Birgensmith's tenure has included raising musicians' salaries, launching a pops concert series at the Fox Tucson Theatre and expanding the orchestra's MasterWorks and Classical series.

The TSO operates on a $4 million annual budget that supports 75 professional musicians.

The orchestra kicks off its 2013-14 season Oct.4 with guest violinist Jennifer Frautschi performing Glazunov's Violin Concerto and the TSO premiere of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad."

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Cathalena E. Burch