On 6/17/21 The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center announced the organizations were “uniting under a new parent company”. Before we dive too deep into the weeds, it’s worth noting that one of the key figures involved here is Anne Ewers, Kimmel Center president and CEO.
If that name sounds familiar within the context of merges, you have a good memory because Ewers was the driving force behind the Utah Symphony and Opera merger in the early part of this century. At the time, that process was marked by an unusually contentious relationship between Ewers and the consultant they hired to evaluate their plan, former Cleveland Orchestra chief executive Thomas Morris.
Dubbed the Morris Report it made quite the splash at the time thanks to its frank and unvarnished review of the merger. The report reached new levels of notoriety thanks to Ewers launching a crisis management campaign that went so far as to denigrate the report findings and recommendations, the very thing the organization hired Morris to provide. We examined all of that in detail in an article from 3/18/2005.
You can find even more resources in a post from 3/10/2005 that includes inks to several news reports from the time. I apologize if any links are out of date but that happens when links are 16 years old. Having said that, you can have good luck finding current links by doing a bit of Google sleuthing using the old URL as reference.
For now, we won’t really know much about the Philly merger alliance until more details are released but The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Peter Dobrin has some early thoughts and additional details on the matter in an article from 6/17/21.