BALTIMORE — Following a rigorous national search, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra (BCO) announced on November 14 the appointment of Ben Newman as the organization’s next Executive Director.
“I am thrilled to be joining the BCO in the role of executive director,” Newman shared. “BCO’s place in Baltimore’s storied musical history is a testament to the city and the community’s passion for music and the performing arts. It’s an honor to carry the mission of Baltimore’s intimate chamber orchestra forward into its next chapter.”
A seasoned arts professional, Ben Newman brings a wide range of experience in concert and opera production, artist management and consulting to the BCO, which is currently celebrating its 40th concert season and 18th under the baton of Music Director, Markand Thakar. “The creativity and energy that Ben brings to this work is exactly what the BCO needs and I look forward to working with him in the coming months and years. His passion for Baltimore, commitment to artistic excellence, and approach to sustainable innovation makes him a great fit for the orchestra and I am confident that our collaboration will generate new audiences for the BCO across Baltimore and the entire Mid-Atlantic region.” Thakar said.
Raised in a musical family with strong ties to the Armenian, Deaf and Jewish communities of metro Detroit, Newman has collaborated with many notable artists including Teddy Abrams, Refik Anadol, Matthew Aucoin, Mark Campbell, George Condo, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Helga Davis, Jennifer Koh, Missy Mazzoli, K Allado-McDowell, Justin Peck, Patricia Racette, Wayne Shorter, Carlos Simon, Esperanza Spalding, and Davóne Tines at some of the world’s most renown performance venues including The Barbican, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles.
[Newman is a former Armenian General Benevolent Union Alex and Marie Manoogian School (Southfield, MI) student, whose mother, Robin Soultanian Newman, is active in the Detroit area Armenian community.]