Tucson Symphony Orchestra names CEO

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - MAY 21: A violin sits on a chair before a performance of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra May 21, 2008 in the Green Zone of Baghdad, Iraq. The orchestra played a performance for a gathering of Iraqi officials and Western bureaucrats working in the Green Zone, playing Rossini, Dvorak, and Mussorgsky as well as a selection of Iraq traditional music. The orchestra, once one of the best in Middle East, has had few opportunities to play since the fall of the Saddam regime and onset of civil strife. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images) Photo: Image by Getty Images

Tucson Symphony Orchestra names CEO

By Phil Villarreal. CREATED Aug 25, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Mark Blakeman will be the next president and CEO of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Blakeman, who had served as the Nashville Symphony Orchestra's COO, will attend TSO's Sept. 26-28 event, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin: American Essentials.

"Mark's multi-faceted career as an administrator and educator coupled with his expertise in all orchestral operations makes him a perfect fit for the TSO at this time," said TSO Board of Trustees Chair Bonnie Kampa, in a news release. "It is a testament to the TSO's reputation among symphony orchestras that we are able to attract a candidate of Mark's caliber. This is a wonderful opportunity for the TSO to continue to grow."

In Nashville, Blakeman produced 160 concerts a year and supervised the company. He has taught at Oklahoma City University and Middle Tennessee State University, lecturing on concert production and artist engagement.
"The opportunity to live in Tucson and serve the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is a great honor," Blakeman said in the release. "The TSO is a dynamic, highly accomplished orchestra and the city of Tucson has a really wonderful energy.   I've thoroughly enjoyed my visits to Tucson and my family and I are looking forward to moving here and getting involved in the community."