Dallas Symphony’s Adams moving on

Posted on: August 18, 2010

In Wednesday’s (8/18) Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell reports, “Just two years after arriving as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s president and CEO, Doug Adams is resigning, effective in 30 days. His is the second high-profile resignation on the local arts scene in just more than a month, after [CEO] Mark Nerenhausen left the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Although the DSO has a roughly $4 million deficit from the last season, Adams said he made the decision for personal reasons. In particular, he hasn’t been able to sell a home in Denver, where he was previously president and CEO of the Colorado Symphony. ‘It’s about lifestyle,’ Adams said. ‘For two years, I’ve been trapped in a commuter marriage, with my wife having to do the commute, because I’ve been too busy.’ … A search committee will be formed to seek Adams’ successor. In the meantime, Paul Stewart, a longtime DSO supporter and former health care industry executive, will take over. Stewart has been chief operating officer for the last month. Recession has taken a toll on ticket sales, donations and endowment income for arts organizations nationwide. In addition to the fundraising challenges, the DSO faces contract negotiations next year with its musicians.”

Photo: Doug Adams (left) with Dallas Symphony Music Director Jaap van Zweden

Posted August 18, 2010