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Naples Philharmonic chooses music director

The Naples Philharmonic chose veteran conductor Jorge Mester as its music director, to succeed Christopher Seaman after the 2003-04 season.

Mester, 68, is the former music director of the Louisville Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Filharmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico. Since 1984, he has been music director of the Pasadena Symphony in California. Mester is probably best known as the former director of the conducting program at the Julliard School and music director of the Aspen Music Festival for 21 years.

"This orchestra is at a crossroads and it needs to go up the mountain," Myra Janco Daniels, chief executive of the Naples Philharmonic, told the Naples Daily News.

Seaman, music director in Naples for a decade, also is music director of the Rochester Philharmonic. Mester conducted the Naples orchestra for the first time in May and will lead eight programs in 2004-05.

CBS makes changes

to fall schedule

CBS has shuffled its fall schedule, moving two comedies that originated on Monday nights to Wednesday nights.

Becker, starring Ted Danson, which was renewed for a sixth season last month, will be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday after The King of Queens.

The Stones, starring Robert Klein and Judith Light, is now scheduled to premiere in midseason.

Stone, husband splitting

Sharon Stone and her husband, San Francisco Chronicle executive editor Phil Bronstein, are divorcing.

Bronstein cited irreconcilable differences in his petition for divorce, filed Thursday in San Francisco County Superior Court. A copy of the document was obtained by Entertainment Tonight.

Stone, 45, and Bronstein, 52, who married on Feb. 14, 1998, said in a statement the dissolution was "amicable and mutual." They have a 3-year-old son, Roan.

Stone, best known for her role in 1992's Basic Instinct, appeared in the films Casino, Diabolique and Gloria.

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