After years of turnover in the top spot at the Seattle Symphony, the orchestra finally found someone who (hopefully) will stick around. The Seattle Times and New York Times reported Simon Woods — currently with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra — will become the next Executive Director of the SSO. Woods will begin his responsibilities almost immediately, but taking full control next season. Woods joins an organization on the rebound having settled contract negotiations earlier in the year and hiring a sharp new music director in Ludovic Morlot. Good will is abundant. This will surely benefit woods.
In other news, the San Francisco Symphony is releasing its entire set of Mahler recordings in a special vinyl addition. A package worth having or at the very least worth admiring.