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Gail Samuel Tapped As First Female President And CEO Of The BSO

Gail Samuel
Aram Boghosian
Gail Samuel

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has named its first female President and CEO. Gail Samuel, who currently oversees the Hollywood Bowl and LA Philharmonic, will take over the BSO on June 21.

She will succeed Mark Volpe, who is retiring after 23 years. Samuel will become the BSO’s eighth leader over its 140-year history.

With much of its programming going virtual in the past year, the status of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer season at Tanglewood in the Berkshires has not been determined.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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