In Sunday’s (8/8) News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina), Rob Christensen writes, “David Chambless Worters grew up in a four-piano house, which seems an appropriate start for someone who would spend his career helping to deliver Beethoven and Mozart to the public. Worters, 42, only occasionally plays his piano these days. But the Harvard-educated arts executive is focused on a much larger musical instrument—managing the N.C. Symphony. It has been a difficult time to be president and CEO of the symphony. Worters is attempting to dig the organization out of a mountain of debt and has shrunk its annual budget from $14.1 million to $11.4 million. … ‘I feel our orchestra turned a very important corner a year ago,’ Worters said in an interview in his office overlooking Glenwood Avenue. ‘The orchestra is on a much, much better track and has every reason to be optimistic about its future.’ … Worters said one result of the economic crisis has been to refocus the orchestra’s energies on its original mission of state service and education, cutting back on some of the less essential activities.”

Posted August 9, 2010