President of DSO cites personal reasons for sudden resignation


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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performed at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado this summer.




Posted on August 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM

DALLAS — Citing personal reasons, Doug Adams resigned Tuesday as the president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Much like Mark Nerenhausen's recent resignation as CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Adams' resignation — which will take effect in 30 days — was a big surprise.

"It's about my lifestyle," Adams explained in an interview with The Dallas Morning News classical music critic Scott Cantrell. "For two years I have been in a commuter marriage, with my wife having to do the commute because I have been too busy. I've been trapped in a real estate deal that I can't get out of, and I don't see that changing."

"I love the orchestra and it's not even about the challenges here," Adams added. "I have a long list of personal reasons. The executive board has been very nice in allowing me to make this as smooth as possible."

Adams has been the president of the DSO for two years, about the same time Maestro Jaap van Zweden came on board as their music director. Adams is leaving at a time when the symphony is playing at its highest level, but is also trying to dig out of a substantial financial debt.

On September 16, Paul Stewart, DSO's chief financial officer, will assume the president position as a search is made to replace Adams.