Ed Birdwell, principal horn of the American Symphony Orchestra and managing partner of the American Brass Quintet, died on January 26 in Huntsville, Alabama. This is the first public notification of his passing.
Edward Ridley Birdwell was always interested in running things. He went on from playing horn to being manager of concert operations at Carnegie Hall, 1976-1978; executive director, Los Angeles
Chamber Orchestra; 1978-1981; orchestra manager, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1981-1983; director music program, National Endowment for the Arts, 1984-1987; executive vice president and managing
director, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, 1987-1992.