Mark C. Hanson, SF Symphony CEO: Leading Change Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

How an institution founded in 1913 is accelerating change during an unprecedented period of hardship

Join us for a conversation about the future of the San Francisco Symphony, how it has held up, and even thrived, during the last year of hardship, and what’s next for arts organizations.

Since its last pre-pandemic performance on March 7, 2020, the symphony has been creatively meeting audiences online and in person on an outdoor terrace attached to Davies Symphony Hall as part of weekly one-on-one concerts. Mark C. Hanson, Harvard College ’97 and CEO of the San Francisco Symphony will talk with us about last year’s pandemic innovations, such as a new on‐demand streaming service, SFSymphony+, featuring original digital content that has been profiled in the NY Times, among other publications. He’ll also cover new initiatives for the remainder of 2021 and beyond, including insights into how in‐person performances were launched beginning in early May.
Prior to attending Harvard, Mr. Hanson studied cello at the Eastman School of Music. While at Harvard, he sang in the college’s Glee Club and discovered an interest in non‐profit management while serving as a director of a student-run homeless shelter.
Mr. Hanson was previously executive director/CEO of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and President and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
June 29, 2021
5:00pm to 6:00pm PT

Free for HCSF Members
$10 for non-members

Location: Virtual

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