Baltimore Symphony taps Mark C. Hanson as next president, effective April 21

Posted on: April 5, 2022

Mark C. Hanson. Credit: Stephanie Pool

“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday appointed Mark C. Hanson, the former head of the San Francisco Orchestra and a leader one musician described as ‘a giant in the industry,’ as its next president and CEO,” writes Mary Carole McCauley in Tuesday’s (4/5) Baltimore Sun. “Hanson, 48, … will begin his new job April 21. He succeeds Peter Kjome, who announced his resignation as the BSO’s president and CEO in the spring of 2021…. The BSO also is in the midst of a search to find the right candidate to succeed music director Marin Alsop, who stepped down last August…. ‘He obviously has the credentials, having already run orchestras in Milwaukee, Houston and San Francisco. He has been a change agent at every stop,’ [said board chairman Barry Rosen].… Hanson … said his new job presents him with the rare opportunity to help an orchestra at a pivotal moment in its existence. ‘I am very proud of what we have accomplished [at the] San Francisco [Symphony],’ he said. ‘But I thought that I could have a greater personal impact … with an orchestra that is pursuing a unique and vitally different vision for the future at a critically important moment in its history.’ ”