April 05, 2020

Rest of the BSO story

After reading several articles and a recent glowing letter to the editor hailing Bob Bahr’s appointment as executive director of The Grand in Ellsworth (BDN, Dec. 24), I am prompted to respond. As the former marketing directir of the Bangor Symphony, I observed Bahr in his role as the BSO’s general manager. I have another point of view.

Those of us close to the Bangor Symphony know that its unprecedented success cannot be credited to any one individual, but to the tireless work of many — the small staff, dedicated board and volunteers, conductor and many talented musicians — who count on the general manager for strong leadership.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra has not suffered a loss, as the letter suggested, but is in need of a team player with strong motivational and leadership abilities as its executive director. With a highly acclaimed new casual concert series for families, phenomenal classical concerts, expanding youth concert programs for school children, an endless list of outreach activities (like the Russian weekend in November), and numerous fund-raising events, the symphony requires genuine leadership and vision.

I join the Bangor Symphony’s many friends and admirers in wishing them much continued success. Susan Jonason Bucksport

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