Canada’s National Arts Centre names next leader: Christopher Deacon

Posted on: June 14, 2018

“On Tuesday, after 22 years as the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s managing director, Christopher Deacon took over as the NAC’s president and chief executive,” writes Peter Hum in Wednesday’s (6/13) Ottawa Citizen (Canada). “He is the first person in the NAC’s 49-year history to have been promoted from within the organization to its top post. ‘Je suis flabbergasté!’ a jovial Deacon told … colleagues and supporters…. Deacon takes over at the NAC following Peter Herrndorf’s celebrated, almost 19-year turn at the helm…. Deacon was … instrumental in realizing what’s been called the most ambitious production in the orchestra’s history, the commissioned multimedia work Life Reflected … which paid tribute to four remarkable Canadian women … last year…. Deacon chaired the NAC committee overseeing its architectural rejuvenation and production renewal projects with a combined budget of $225.4 million…. Fluently bilingual, Deacon … said … he expects to spend more time in francophone artistic communities [and] spoke with pride about the NAC’s advances in presenting the stories of Indigenous people…. Also on Deacon’s mind are the NAC’s initiatives in a digital world…. He noted that orchestra’s musicians are already onboard regarding everything from listeners using social media in Southam Hall to the prospect of streaming performances.”

Posted June 14, 2018