Of all the news items I expected to see over the weekend, one that was no where near my radar was the surprise from Joshua Kosman reporting that Mark C. Hanson, CEO of the San Francisco Symphony, will step down from the position Aug. 31, 2021.
“The San Francisco Symphony is a dynamic organization, and it has been a true honor to lead them through complex transitions and challenges,” he said in a written statement. “With the San Francisco Symphony now back up and performing as a full ensemble for live audiences following our successful pandemic pivots, I have decided that this is the right time to pursue my next professional opportunity within a different environment.”
To say the least, this sort of abrupt departure raises all kinds of eyebrows. They appointed a new music director, engaged in streaming performances, and avoided extended periods of going dark.
It will be interesting to see if additional details emerge but there’s no denying that sudden departures tend to have more going on under the surface.