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Don Nelson hired as BPO general manager

by jmaloni

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Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 06:00 pm

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra has announced Don Nelson was hired as general manager.

Nelson comes to the BPO from Spokane, Washington. There, he served as general manager of the Spokane Symphony for 14 years and the general manager of the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox for six years. The positions saw him tackle responsibilities as diverse as developing the season's programming, negotiating musician contracts, and serving on the theater's renovation and design team.

Prior to his position in Spokane, Nelson was with the Florida Philharmonic, first as a bassist, and then as the orchestra's personnel manager and as festival manager. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.

"Don's extensive experience as a musician and in orchestra and theater management make him a perfect fit for the BPO at this time," said BPO Executive Director Daniel Hart. "His musical knowledge is quite impressive. As the BPO looks to the next phase of its strategic plan, we are counting on Don to play a major role in our ongoing success."

Nelson, who arrived in Buffalo at the end of August, will be joined by his wife, Vicki. They have two sons. Noah, a musician, lives in London with his wife, Anna. Alex recently began medical school at Florida International University in Miami.

Nelson enjoys skiing, lifelong learning and reading, and arranging music for cello and bass to perform with Vicki, who is an accomplished professional cellist.

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