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It's a trend that started last year with Wesley Jessup's move to Boise Art Museum. He took over as BAM's executive director and became the first in a long line of new faces heading up area arts organizations. Six months later, things started changing quickly. Ballet Idaho announced Peter Anastos would take over as the company's artistic director. Shortly after, Trey McIntyre moved his eponymous mod-squad dance company to town. In April, Robert Franz accepted the torch from outgoing artistic director James Ogle at Boise Philharmonic. And finally, Opera Idaho hired Mark Junkert as its executive director. As the fall performance seasons kicks into gear, it's starting to look like no matter which company you throw your hard-earned dollars at, you're in for something new. Let's just hope Jessup's sudden departure doesn't start another trend.

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