“Though the Philadelphia Orchestra has a steep climb ahead in its largest-ever fund-raising campaign effort, several key pieces helping to smooth the path are falling into place,” writes Peter Dobrin in Friday’s (1/30) Philadelphia Inquirer. “The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has secured the stability of its artistic, administrative, and board leadership…. Board chairman Richard B. Worley will stay on another three years, as will president Allison B. Vulgamore. And the orchestra and music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin have committed to another five years together. His current contract runs through 2017, which means the new five-year deal extends his tenure to 2022…. The orchestra is raising a special pot of money each year to bridge the persistent gap between expenses and regular income…. To lead its comprehensive campaign, the orchestra has hired a new chief fund-raiser,” Bradford W. Voigt. “Since becoming music director in 2012, Nézet-Séguin has drawn considerable critical praise … and proved to be a much-needed public face for the orchestra…. At Saturday night’s Academy of Music Anniversary event, Nézet-Séguin could be seen busily glad-handing donors and guests at the postconcert dinner and ball. Says Nézet-Séguin, “For me, it’s a pleasure to meet everyone, our patrons, our subscribers, our donors, it includes everyone that is a part of the fabric of the orchestra.”

Posted January 30, 2015

Pictured: Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra, January 2014. Photo by David Swanson