“Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s interim executive director, James Palermo, will take over as the orchestra’s managing director effective immediately, the organization announced Wednesday,” writes Keiara Carr in the Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne) on Thursday (9/3). “The announcement ends the national search for an executive director that the orchestra launched this year after J.L. Nave III resigned as president and CEO in November…. A Cleveland native, Palermo spent 14 years serving as the artistic and general director of Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival. He played a key role in the development of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. In 2009, Palermo became president and CEO of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He left that position in 2011 amid the orchestra’s financial woes…. Palermo most recently served as the president and executive director of the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival … before returning to the Midwest to be near family.” Palermo is a 1989 graduate of the Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, an in-field training program administered by the League of American Orchestras.
Posted September 9, 2015