LSM Newswire

Monday, February 15, 2010

Portland Symphony Orchestra Extends Music Director Contract with Robert Moody Through 2015/16

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announced at Thursdayĺ─˘s Board of Trustees meeting an extension of Robert Moodyĺ─˘s initial three-year contract as Music Director for five years through the PSOĺ─˘s 91st season in 2015-2016.

"Now that I am in my second season with the PSO, I feel the chemistry with the orchestra is stronger than ever and continues to grow," said Moody. "Musicians, audiences, and the community are all responding to our vision of relevance and quality. This decision was easy, and I am truly excited to see what we can do."

Gordon Gayer, formerly chair of the search committee that brought Moody to Maine and now President of the PSO Board, added, ĺ─˙Robert Moody and our exceptional musicians continue to deliver outstanding performances, confirming the Boardĺ─˘s support for Robertĺ─˘s artistic leadership of this cultural gem. We are delighted to extend this partnership for many years to come.ĺ─¨

Highlights of Moodyĺ─˘s tenure with the PSO include a sold-out endowment benefit concert with Renłęe Fleming, record attendance during the first season, and the organizationĺ─˘s return to break-even operations. The first two seasons have also included critically acclaimed performances and Maine premieres of Mason Batesĺ─˘ Liquid Interface, James Demarsĺ─˘ Senegalese drumming/dance concerto Sabar, and Brett Dietzĺ─˘s Headcase; collaborations with Portland Stage, Portland Ballet, the Choral Art Society, the Portland Community Chorus, and the Museum of African Culture, and the introduction of the innovative webisode series ĺ─˙Online Insightsĺ─¨ featured on YouTube. Moody also took the reins in 2009 leading the Symphonyĺ─˘s 11-concert Magic of Christmas series, and generated the first uptick in paid attendance since 2001.

In addition to his appointment in Portland, Moody retains his current positions as Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony (N.C.) which he has led since 2005, and as Artistic Director of Arizona Musicfest, which he has led since 2007.

Founded in 1923, the Portland Symphony Orchestra is among Maineĺ─˘s most recognized and accessible performing arts organizations. The Symphony is a musical hub for 82 of New England's finest professional musicians and teachers, annually impacts over 40,000 individuals from ages 4 to 104 in the experience of live orchestral music, and operates on a budget of $2.5 million.

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