Finn hopes to raise profile of Palm Beach Symphony

Posted on: April 9, 2012

Friday (4/6) on the Palm Beach Post website pbpulse.com (California), Greg Stepanich writes, “Michael Finn promised himself he’d stop being a professional bassoonist at age 50, before he burned out, and then move on to something else.” In New York, Finn had played with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and been on faculty at Juilliard. “He’s been on the job as executive director of the Palm Beach Symphony for about four months now, and he’s still in observation mode. But the biggest thing he noticed after arriving [in Palm Beach] was that the orchestra’s profile was so low as to be almost a secret. ‘I think that some people wanted to keep it exclusive to Palm Beach,’ said Finn. ‘I’d just like to let more people know about it. First of all, that it exists, that it’s a great organization with a good history. We have a new music director (Ramon Tebar), and I think all signs point to a beefed-up repertory and a beefed-up season.’ … This Tuesday night, the orchestra has planned a special gala benefit concert featuring pianist Lola Astanova and conductor Jahja Ling, a conductor with a worldwide reputation who currently leads the San Diego Symphony.”

Posted April 9, 2012