Biz news: Universal ex-chief takes over at top US arts center

Biz news: Universal ex-chief takes over at top US arts center


norman lebrecht

August 18, 2016

In a significant career change Elizabeth Sobol, who resigned in April as president of Universal Music Classics in the US, is to be president of Saratoga Performing Arts Center in upstate New York, starting October.



Elizabeth, who was previously chief exec of IMG Artists, has an unrivalled contacts book and a fertile mind. She has taken a few months to think through her next move and has decided she wants to be more of an arts initiator than a cog in a global business. At 57, she is looking for challenge and fulfilment.

At Saratoga, she has an idyllic setting and a clean sheet. The site is summer home to New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra. It runs on a $10.3 million in 2015.

She succeeds Marcia White, who held the fort for 11 years.

This is seriously promising.



  • William Safford says:

    I just attended a Philadelphia Orchestra concert this evening at SPAC. Attendance was way up this evening, due in part, I’m sure, to having Renee Fleming as soloist. She sang beautifully.

    Marcia White has done a good job over the last 11 years. There were concerns when she took the position, due to her dearth of experience with music administration. These concerns turned out to be unfounded.

    We look forward to Elizabeth Sobol taking the reins. Best wishes to her.

    More info:

    (It may be behind a paywall.)

  • David Sucre says:

    I am more tha positive she will do great.