By David Salazar
The three new board members include renowned bass Morris Robinson, composer Kamala Sankaram, and composer Gregory Spears. Finally, Sam Linden will be the Executive Director.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the BMP team at such an exciting time for the company, and the field as a whole,” Linden said in an official press statement. “I am deeply inspired by Beth’s extraordinary artistic vision and am honored to have the opportunity to support BMP’s industry-leading innovation.”
Linden joins the company from TDC, a nonprofit consulting firm working across the arts and culture sector. In addition to all of his work in business, marketing, strategy, and other related disciplines, he is a former saxophonist and a singer in the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.
Spears is the composer of such works as “Castor and Patience” and his work has been commissioned by such companies as The New York Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Cincinnati Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Seraphic Fire, The Crossing, Volti, BMI/Concert Artists Guild, Vocal Arts DC, New York Polyphony, The New York International Piano Competition, the JACK Quartet, and The New York Youth Symphony, to name just a few.
Sankaram has composed such works as “Thumbprint,” “A Rose, Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers,” and “Jungle Book,” among many others. Her works have been commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival, Washington National Opera, PROTOTYPE Festival, and Creative Time, among others.
Robinson has performed with several notable companies, some highlights of which include the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Teatro alla Scala, Volksoper Wien, Opera Australia, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.