Spotlight on the Boston Symphony’s longtime stage manager, John Demick

Posted on: July 18, 2019

“When John Demick was growing up in Pittsfield … he dreamed of becoming a lawyer,” writes Kristin Palpini in Wednesdsay’s (7/17) Berkshire Eagle (Pittsfield, MA). “But it was love of classical work that eventually led him to [work] for one of the world’s best orchestras: the Boston Symphony Orchestra…. Demick is the stage manager for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their summer program at Tanglewood. Demick travels the world with the symphony, making sure all the instruments, music library, chairs, stands, audio, lighting, staging and other equipment—enough to fill two 53-foot trucks—makes it to the performance space on time and looking right…. Demick and his crew are responsible for 18 to 20 tons of gear during setup and relocation for the symphony’s frequent concerts…. In college, … a friend told Demick about a job opening at his place of employment, Boston Symphony Hall…. In 1987 a full-time job opened up at Symphony Hall on the stage crew…. In 2001, Demick started in the job he still has today: making sure everything looks, feels and sounds right on stage…. He loves the job.”

Posted July 18, 2019