I received a press release this morning from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra announcing that their president & CEO, Simon Woods, has accepted a position as the Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and will leave the organization by July 1st, 2005.
The press release goes on to state that the orchestra’s board chair, Dr. Victor Parsonnet, will be assuming the executive role in a supervisory position until a permanent replacement for Simon is identified. The day to day operations of the NJSO will be taken over by the senior management team.
Having Dr. Parsonnet assume the executive supervisory role should provide for some interesting times in the upcoming months. Dr. Parsonnet is the same individual who oversaw the purchase of the Axelrod string instrument collection and when questioned by a reporter from the New York Times about his level of culpability surrounding the mistakes made in that procurement process he said,
“I certainly wouldn’t want to blame anyone, I’m an amateur at this. I’m a heart surgeon. I’m not a violin collector.”
Although Dr. Parsonnet’s experience as a heart surgeon apparently failed to adequately prepare him to oversee the multimillion dollar Axelrod instrument deal, it does qualify him to supervise the daily operations for the NJSO. For some reason, the old saying “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me” springs to mind.
Nevertheless, there is a silver lining in that cloud; thankfully, the NJSO has a wonderful incoming music director, Neeme J