MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Simon Woods To Leave SSO for LA Phil


Simon Woods, who as President & CEO has worked so closely with Ludovic Morlot to reshape the Seattle Symphony and enhance its sense of mission, will head south in January to become Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Michael Cooper reports in The New York Times:

In Los Angeles, Mr. Woods will have far greater resources — and a far larger organization to run. The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s annual budget, the largest of any American orchestra, is approximately $125 million — nearly four times Seattle’s, which is $32 million. But he said he was undaunted.

Here’s the full Seattle Symphony press release:

Seattle Symphony Board to Launch Search for Successor

SEATTLE – The Seattle Symphony’s President & CEO Simon Woods, who has led the organization since 2011, will leave in January to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, widely regarded as one of the nation’s most important and forward- looking orchestral organizations. A search committee led by Board Chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly and Chair-Elect René Ancinas will be formed to launch an international search for Woods’ successor.

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  1. Bill Corry says:

    I enjoyed reading your program notes for The Mets production of Thais. You write, that Massenet revised the score “adding the superbly effective oasis scene in Act III (but suppressing a more shockingly dissonant ending)”. Are there any recordings which use this earlier ending?
    Yours truly,
    Bill Corry

    • Thomas May says:

      Hello Bill, Thanks for getting in touch. I’m glad you enjoyed the notes (I’d forgotten writing them — it’s a reprint from several seasons ago!). I checked through my collection and online and am not able to find any recordings that include that version. I don’t think there is one available, but if I learn of one, I will certainly let you know. Did you enjoy the performance?


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