In Saturday’s (1/23) Portland Press Herald (Maine), Bob Keyes writes, “Robert Moody, the charismatic music director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The orchestra announced Friday that Moody’s initial three-year contract has been extended five years, keeping him in Portland through the 2015-16 season. The extension is significant, because Moody is a rising star in the classical world and his services are in demand across the country.” Moody’s current contract expires at the end of the 2010-11 season. “The long-term commitment also enables the orchestra to move forward with its efforts to balance artistic excellence with financial stability, said Ari Solotoff, PSO executive director. … Moody said Friday that he agreed to the extension because ‘I feel like we are beginning to reach our stride in terms of what we mean by a concept of sound and what our unique personality will be, and what our sound will be like with me at the helm and with this particular group of players.’ … Gordon Gayer, president of the orchestra’s board, announced the extension at a board meeting Thursday night.”

Posted January 25, 2010