The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has named Richard Dare its new President & CEO. Hailed as "one of America's most highly regarded international entrepreneurs" by Condé Nast Portfolio, Dare comes to the NJSO from his position as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
Drawing on his extensive experience building large sustainable organizations, Dare was one of the principal architects reinventing the Brooklyn Philharmonic into one of New York's leading arts institutions, a turnaround The Huffington Post cited as "the second most important art event in America." Musical America has called him "a rising star" and "fearless."
Dare joins the NJSO at a time of great critical acclaim for the Orchestra; under Music Director Jacques Lacombe, the NJSO has garnered praise for artistic initiatives including its New Jersey Roots Project and multi-year "Man and Nature" Winter Festivals, as well as its performance at Carnegie Hall as part of the 2012 Spring for Music Festival.
"What interests me about the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra," Dare says, "is the spectacular quality of music it performs. Powerful music shows us life can be beautiful, intelligent, adventurous and meaningful, that we're capable of so much more. And I'm not talking about blind optimism that just ignores obstacles. I'm talking about the knowledge that something better awaits us, so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to never shirk from the fight, to keep going no matter what. Music has a transcendent quality that reminds us of who we truly are! And that's what got me interested in serving as the President & CEO of this great organization in the beautiful Garden State, particularly at this specific time in our shared history."