US orch chief heads for the wildernessmain
Paul Meecham, the quiet-spoken British president of the Baltimore Symphony is out, after ten years of uphill struggle. Baltimore, as we reported recently, is a city spiralling into decline.
The orchestra has its centenary coming up next year but cannot raise enough cash to put on an extravagant celebration. It may be that Paul is paying the price for matters beyond his control.
He has, however, a jot to go to. It’s the Utah Symphony.
Warmer than Baltimore. Less pressure. We will him well.
Paul said today: ‘If you had asked me a year ago if I would leave Baltimore, I would have said, ‘Are you out of your mind,’ but these Utah people are very, quietly persuasive… It’s an intriguing prospect…
‘I first said, ‘No, thank you,’ but as I started to talk with them more it started to coalesce. The Utah Symphony is an orchestra definitely on the rise. And I am intrigued by the combination of orchestra and opera, an art form I’ve always loved.’