“In the midst of a financial recovery that it hopes will secure its future, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday announced that it is turning to Curtis Long,” writes Jeff Spevak in the Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.). Long is currently president and CEO of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. “Long takes over his new duties on Sept. 1” as the Rochester Philharmonic’s president and CEO when Ralph Craviso, who has been serving in the position since 2015 and led the search with the RPO board, will step down. “ ‘The board is confident that Curt Long’s 24 years of experience in managing symphony orchestras and his proven track record of success will advance the RPO’s Five-Year Plan,’ RPO Board Chairperson Jules Smith said…. Long has been with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since 2008. During that time he increased ticket revenues by more than 70 percent, cut operating expenses, oversaw the orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut, released a limited-pressing recording of commissioned works, hired a new music director, expanded community outreach education programs and launched a new music festival.” A press release from the Alabama Symphony states that Cheryle Caplinger, the orchestra’s vice president of marketing and development, will serve as interim executive director, effective immediately.
Posted July 27, 2017