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June 21, 2011

Good news for Delaware Symphony Orchestra and departing exec Lucinda Williams

Longtime followers of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will fondly recall Lucinda Williams, who did a great job as vice president for artistic and education. She was among the departures during (I'd call them casualties of) the disastrous period when James Glicker was CEO.

Williams went on to become the executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, which seems to have been doing fine work. The ensemble, led by David Amado, made a recording with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet that was nominated last year for a Latin Grammy.

While things were progressing musically, life was taking some unfortunate turns for Williams, who was badly injured in ...

a 2010 car accident. Within six months of that incident, she had surgery for a collapsed spine. While recuperating from that, she started helping with the care of her mother, who was fighting breast cancer, and her two-year-old grandson, who was born with diabetes.

Understandably, Williams decided to step down from the symphony job. On Tuesday, at the orchestra's season-ending meeting, she was informed that the board and staff started a fund with the Delaware Juvenile Diabetes Foundation named for Williams and her grandson.

That surprise was topped by another -- a $1 million gift to the orchestra from patron Tatiana Copeland, who just happens to be Rachmaninoff's niece.

Given all that Williams has been through, that coda must have sounded extra sweet. I wish her well.

Posted by Tim Smith at 11:07 AM | | Comments (0)
Categories: BSO, Clef Notes

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About Tim Smith
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).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
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