Aug 18, 2016
By Michael Kramer
Toronto native Gary Hanson has been named Interim CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Hanson succeeds Sonia Baxendale – who temporarily stepped in to lead the organization – after the departure of Jeff Melanson in March.
Hanson grew up in Rexdale.
He was chief executive of The Cleveland Orchestra until his retirement at the end of last year.
The trained double-bass player begins his term on September 26th – and will serve for up to two years – playing a key role alongside the board of directors in managing the ongoing search for the TSO’s next artistic leader – collaborating with the Music Director search committee.
Hanson will also support the board in engaging a leader to succeed him as a permanent CEO.
In addition, he’ll lead TSO staff and will partner with the orchestra’s musicians to ensure continuing artistic excellence – working closely with Peter Oundjian during his final two seasons as Music Director.