INTRODUCING ROBERT MASSEY
SILICON VALLEY, CA- Symphony San José announces to the press that, starting in June of 2022, Robert Massey became the new General Director of Symphony San José, succeeding founding president Andrew Bales who lead the organization through its first 20 years.
Mr. Massey was commissioned to the position based on his 25 years expertise in Arts Administration, where he had commissioned more that 50 new compositions, choreographed stage productions. and overseen two performing arts venue construction projects which led to a three multimillion-dollar fund raising campaigns. He also cofounded the Opera Festival of Chicago, the Iris Orchestra, and Opus Concert Café. His credits also included turning around the fortunes of symphonies in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Jacksonville, Florida, where he helped with fund raising and attendance
With the purpose to introduce the New General Director of Symphony San José to his future audience, in his own words, Cultural World Bilingual solicited him the following interview.
R.M: "I am Robert Massey and I am very honored to have been selected General Director of Symphony San José. I am only the second person to hold this position, because my predecessor, who founded this organization and ran it for twenty-one years, just retired last Summer. I come from a long background of Classic Symphonic Music. I started as a trumpet player and for the first ten years in my career I was a performer, but in all this time, I always found other positions that gave me the opportunity of doing something else in the offices where I was working during the time and I realized that what I really liked was working back stage and make all that music happen and connect with audience."
"This happened when I was working at the Performing Arts Center, and one opening night I looked out, from the stage, and saw about 18,000 people in the audience, because the concert was sold out. At that moment, I said to myself: "Wow, I made this happen" and in a flash, I knew that making things happen was what I was meant to do."
C.W.B: So, you start doing it?
C.W.B: In your Resume, you have the title of Art Administrator. What is an Art Administrator?
C.W.B: That is fascinating! I never realized how much is required to present a show to an audience.
R.M. "A lot of planning."
C.W.B. And now, to get to my most important question, Mr. Massey, what is your vision for our symphony?
R.M. "Symphony San José serves this community so everybody knows that they have a great resource and that they have a relationship with it because it is relevant to the community. So we will speak about it in how we will perform from now, and where we will perform. In the past, it always had a Classical Series, so you will see that the series will continue with the Conductors, the Soloists and the Composers but it is going to be more broad and diverse, and very exciting. It will have something in it, for everyone."
"We will also be a doing films with orchestra, which we had done for ten years with great success because people get introduced to the symphony that way. I do not think that people realize that they have heard a lot of symphonic music. Every time they go to the movie, the Sound Track is performed by a symphonic orchestra. We are also going to be launching "Popular Concerts." They will be less classic. So we will be offering a different kind of programming. "Family concerts" which will be performances where people could bring their children. And we also are looking at how people could get "out of their hole" occasionally and get to see a concert in their own neighborhoods. So we are looking in how we could create an increase access and understanding to the art form. We are also considering taking the orchestra to other communities. So my vision may be described as: We are really important to this community and I want to give San José the pride of having a first class Symphony orchestra."
C.W.B. What type of music are we expected to hear from the new composers?
C.W.B: And to end our interview, Mr. Massey, have you thought of bringing the symphony to the schools in San José?