by Rhonda P. Hunsinger
I am beyond delighted that the SC Philharmonic Board and Morihiko have agreed to a four-year extension of his contract. The relationship between an orchestra executive director and a music director can be tricky. Music directors are charged with moving an orchestra forward with great vision, and executive directors are expected to keep the budget balanced. With some orchestras, this creates a difficult friction between administrative and artistic. Creativity can be risky, and risk is difficult in the current economy.
I am fortunate that I work with a music director who understands the economic realities in Columbia. I also understand and fully support his desire to move the orchestra forward. We both want the same thing – the chance to bring a greater variety of musical programming to a broader audience in our city, and the funding to support it.
Morihiko is a wonderful partner, and I am excited to see what we can do in the next four years for our orchestra. To read more about the contract extension, please see the Free Times article at the link below: