The vital role of a beloved house manager in an orchestra’s hall

Posted on: December 1, 2016

“At the end of the concert by the Berlin Philharmonic on the night before Thanksgiving, patrons could be seen hugging and in tears in the lobby of Davies Symphony Hall,” writes Sam Whiting in Tuesday’s (11/29) San Francisco Chronicle. Louise M. Davies Hall is the home of the San Francisco Symphony, and frequently hosts other performances. “They had been moved by the emotion of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, but even more by the emotion of saying goodbye to House Manager Horacio Rodriguez, who was retiring that night. He’d run the front of the house since the hall opened on Sept. 16, 1980, and subscribers didn’t know what they’d do without this cheerful Argentine to hurry them in from the lobby before the door closed.… After 7,400 shows at Davies, he will be 85 on Dec. 17 and does not have it in him to go through another holiday run of 35 shows in 30 days.… ‘Horacio is one of those people who really has a way of welcoming you to the hall and making you feel good that you are here,’ said board member and former Symphony President Nancy Bechtle.”

Posted December 1, 2016