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Houston Symphony CEO to Head Down Under

The Houston Symphony Society is looking for a new leader. Executive Director and CEO Matthew VanBesien is leaving Houston to be the new managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra next year. Pat Hernandez has more.


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The announcement of the resignation of VanBesien was made jointly by Symphony Society President Bobby Tudor and Board Chairman Ed Wulfe. The 39-year old VanBesien says after nine years with HSO, it was time to move on.

“It’s a great next step for me in my career and it’s a great set of opportunities in Melbourne with the Melbourne Symphony right now. It’s certainly a chance to work abroad, which is something that’s very appealing to me.”

VanBesien says he is committed to working with the Houston Symphony through the end of the calendar year. He calls it a great honor to to do this work, and feels strongly about the important role that orchestral music plays
in the life of any city, whether here…or in his case, the land down under.

“Not only does the Melbourne Symphony have a great history on which to build, but it also has some very exciting things coming up, the renovation of the concert hall in Melbourne which will happen beginning in 2010, is just one of many things that are very very exciting for me.”

VanBesien served as Symphony Executive Director/CEO since April 2005.

PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News

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