Yesterday, I posted a report about the Houston Symphony being in the black for four years in a row. Which is in sharp contrast to, say, the teetering-on-the-brink Columbus Symphony, or the Minnesota Orchestra, which cancelled a concert for financial reasons. It also runs counter to the widespread and some might say sadly justified sense in the classical music world that we may be nearing the end times.
Yet that same afternoon, the Dallas Symphony announced the return of Douglas W. Adams — previously the DSO’s general manager, now its new president, replacing Fred Bronstein who left five months ago.
What has Adams been up to since he left to run the Colorado Symphony? Keeping it financially sound for six years in a row, increasing ticket sales by 40 percent and helping to get a bond measure passed that would pay for renovations to Boettcher Hall, the CSO’s home.