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June 2, 2011

Baltimore Symphony board to be chaired by BGE president/CEO DeFontes

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's board of directors has elected a new chairman: Kenneth W. DeFontes, Jr., president and CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company and a senior vice president with Constellation Energy.

DeFontes, a BSO board member since 2005, will succeed Michael G. Bronfein for a two-year term effective Sept. 21.

In a statement released Thursday DeFontes said he was "honored and privileged to lead one of the nation's most admired orchestras, particularly now as we look forward to the BSO's centennial celebration in 2016."

Bronfein, chairman and CEO of Remedi SeniorCare, has been a major force in the orchestra. He and BSO president/CEO Paul Meecham helped to ...

heal financial and emotional scars left over from the previous board/management team.

Bronfein praised DeFontes' "tireless energy, keen financial insight and heartfelt devotion to the organization."

Meecham said that DeFontes "has been a highly involved board member, shepherding the BSO through the economic downturn as a member of the finance committee, and enabling the organization to balance its budget for three out of the past four years.”


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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