The Philadelphia Orchestra’s beloved music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has signed a new five-year contract, guaranteeing he’ll lead the Fabulous Philadelphians to even more thrilling musical heights until at least 2022.
From left: Board Chairman Richard B. Worley, President & CEO Allison Vulgamore, and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin during the January 30 concert, where Yannick signed his contract renewal. Photo: Will Figg
Calling himself both humbled and exhilarated by “the warm embrace of The Philadelphia Orchestra and its audiences,” Yannick adds, “Knowing that this love affair with the Orchestra and the City of Philadelphia will continue is an immense joy.”
Simultaneously, the Orchestra has announced it’s keeping the same leadership team that, together with Yannick, has revitalized this legendary ensemble. The Board of Directors of The Philadelphia Orchestra Association has re-elected Richard B. Worley as chairman for a third term, at the same time renewing the contract of Allison Vulgamore as president and chief executive officer through 2017, the second contract renewal since her arrival in January 2010.
To help maintain the momentum enjoyed under his leadership, Richard Worley and his wife, Leslie Anne Miller, have pledged a $10-million gift from the Leslie Miller and Richard Worley Foundation to the Orchestra’s Comprehensive Campaign.
Says Worley: “I am extraordinarily honored and humbled to continue in a leadership role with The Philadelphia Orchestra and to do so alongside Yannick and Allison is a privilege beyond compare.” Referring to his extremely generous donation, Worley adds, “Leslie and I wanted to continue our support with this gift, and offer it as further incentive for others to join us in underpinning the success of this vibrant orchestra we so love.”
Vulgamore is thrilled to be part of the leadership team going forward. “Working alongside our extraordinary musicians, Rich, Yannick, and I have been able to not only sustain, but build on the legacy and tradition that is the soul of The Philadelphia Orchestra. With creativity driving us forward, we seek to strengthen and support our initiatives to date, and soar into the next phase of imaginative offerings for our ever-expanding audiences,” she said.
Since his arrival as music director in 2012, Yannick has been a sterling leader, upholding the highest artistic standards, reaching out to the Philadelphia community, and building audiences by transforming the concert experience. His commanding, dynamic, yet highly approachable podium presence has endeared him to concertgoers and critics alike, all over the globe. And while burnishing the legendary mainstays of the classical canon to a new sheen, Yannick has also championed new music, leading numerous premieres already, with many more to come.
One key to Yannick’s success is surely his generosity towards his musicians, evident at every performance. It’s a generosity he also extends to his fellow leaders. “It is all the more gratifying that my close collaborations with both Rich and Allison will also continue.”