Symphony San Jose today announced the appointment of Robert Messi as its CEO.
The San Jose Symphony Board of Directors, with the help of Arts Consulting Group, has chosen Messi as the successor to Symphony founder Andrew Bales until his long-planned retirement.
Messi is a veteran, head of classical music organizations, including the CEO of the Louisville Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, the Iowa Orchestra, and the Washington Bach Consortium. Most recently, he served as CEO of the Chicago Opera Festival.
In addition to working with symphony orchestras, Messi has served in several art disciplines, including opera (Washington National Opera, Cedar Rapids Opera House), ballet (Ballet Quad Cities, Ballet Memphis), Performing Arts Centers, Kennedy Center, Paramount Theater, Germantown Performing Arts Center), Museums (Phillips Collection) and U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra.
“I am pleased to be appointed CEO of Symphony San Jose,” Messi said in a statement. “This is an incredibly unique opportunity, as the symphony celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It is an honor for me to be part of such a respected band, and I am happy to work in collaboration with talented staff and artists to bring the audience a significant musical experience. ”
During his 25-year career in the arts, Messi has commissioned more than 50 new compositions, choreographies and stage productions; supervised two projects for the construction of performing arts; led three multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns; and co-founded the Chicago Opera Festival, the Iris Orchestra and the Opus Concert Café.
“We are excited to bring Robert into the Symphony San Jose family,” said retired Chairman of the Board Richard Coniff, CEO of Focus Business Bank. “Highly respected throughout the country with a rich history of musical experience, he is the perfect leader to unite us and strengthen our ties and influence in the community.”
The San Jose Symphony concludes the 2021-22 season on June 4-5 with the song “Always Time for More Beethoven” with conductor Tito Munoz, music director of the Phoenix Symphony, leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony № 7. Also pianist Michelle Kahn will perform the Florence Price Piano Concerto in one movement.
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