Boston Symphony chief resigns after 18 months on job

December 19, 2022 at 11:36 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Gail Samuel

Gail Samuel resigned as president and CEO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday morning after less than two years on the job.

Samuel was hired with great hoopla last year, leaving the Los Angeles Philharmonic where she was chief operating officer. She departs January 2 after serving in the position for only 18 months.

The BSO’s coordinated public statements about Samuel’s resignation and her successor were heavy on happy talk and empty PR palaver without providing any real indication of why she got the push.

Current BSO board member Jeffrey D. Dunn will serve as interim president and CEO, effective January 4. 

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