Episode 39: A Performance Center with a View

Tony Beadle, Executive Director of Rockport Music, shares the trajectory of his organization from a 5-week chamber music festival to a year-round arts presenter now with its own signature performing arts center.

Tony BeadleTony Beadle joined Rockport Music as Executive Director in February 2010. Under his leadership, he managed the transition of the organization from 5-week Rockport Chamber Music Festival to developing and managing a year-round arts presenter of over 125 concerts and presentations each year. Additionally, he successfully transitioned the organization to its new home, the seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center and brought it to an international reputation. The season has expanded beyond classical music to include jazz, folk, pop, and world music, as well as HD broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, England’s National Theatre, and the Bolshoi Ballet.

Beadle has had a dual career as a professional double bassist and as an executive in arts management.  After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Boston University School for the Arts, he pursued a playing career in the Boston area. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, The Boston Ballet and the Opera Company of Boston. He also served on the faculties of the Longy School of Music and Northeastern University.

In 1991 Beadle was awarded a fellowship from the American Symphony Orchestra League (now the League of American Orchestras) to study symphony orchestra management. The fellowship included assignments at the New York Philharmonic, the Oregon Symphony and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

Beadle has held administrative positions with the Erie Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony. In 1999 he was named the first ever manager of the Boston Pops, for which he oversaw all concert, touring and media activities, and served as Executive Producer of the Pops’ first two self-produced CDs: Sleigh Ride and America. In 2006 he became Executive Director of the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra where he created new performing series and increased the orchestra’s educational-outreach programs.

Interior of the Rockport Music/Shalin Liu Performance Center

Rockport Music Education & Outreach Programs

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