Philadelphia changes chairs

Philadelphia changes chairs


norman lebrecht

October 18, 2019

Ralph W. Muller, retiring CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, will become  board chair of the Philadephia Orchestra from January.

He succeeds Richard B. Worley who, over ten years, turned a gloomy ensemble with sinking funds back into a national leader.


  • Mustafa Kandan says:

    Yes, but there are still much better ensembles in USA musically speaking. Perhaps they have the wrong conductor.

    • Hermann Lederer says:

      …and an impressive list of mainly mediocre guest conductors!

      • fflambeau says:

        Yeah sure. Like: Karina Canellakis, Jane Glover, Herbert Blomstedt, Susanna Mälkk, Cristian Macelaru, Marin Alsop and many fine others.

    • Toby says:

      I wholeheartedly disagree. I’ve heard plenty of the “leading ensembles” in the US and most don’t come even close to the passion, precision, and dedication that this orchestra brings to their preparation and performances.

  • NYMike says:

    Although Worley gave considerable funding to the orchestra during his tenure, he also led the faux bankruptcy in order to get out of the musicians’ defined-benefit pension plan. The roster is still down eight full-time musicians from pre-bankruptcy contracts.

  • Brettermeier says:

    Missed opportunity for “Breaking: Philadelphia changes chairs”