Master Storytellers: Henry Fogel


Henry Fogel (Narrator, L’Histoire du Soldat) was appointed Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University beginning in July, 2009, a school at which he has taught a course in orchestral studies since 2002. In addition, he continues to provide a limited amount of consulting for musical organizations, working as a part of the Catherine French Group. Recent clients include the Louisville Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony. He has been an artistic consultant to the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil since 2008, and has consulted for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Edinburg Festival. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China.

From 2003-2008 he was President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, an organization that serves almost 1,000 symphony orchestras. He retired from that position in 2008, but remained as a senior advisor through 2009.

From 1985-2003, Mr. Fogel was President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, leading the organization through a period of enormous change. Under his leadership the Orchestra’s endowment increased from $19 million to over $160 million, and he oversaw the $125 million renovation of Orchestra Hall. In addition to maintaining its artistic supremacy, the Chicago Symphony during Mr. Fogel’s term dramatically strengthened its community engagement and educational programs.

Henry Fogel has served on non-profit boards virtually without interruption since 1967, when he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program and is President of the Board of the Chicago Opera Theater.

He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Roosevelt University, Northwestern University, the Curtis Institute, and Columbia College in Chicago. In 2007 he was cited for “outstanding contributions to and accomplishments in the field of Music Education” by the National Association for Music Education.

Mr. Fogel has also served as a narrator with a number of orchestras and chamber groups, performing Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Russell Peck’s The Thrill of the Orchestra, and adaptations of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Grieg’s Peer Gynt. He has recorded a speaking part in Paul Salerni and Dana Gioia’s opera Tony Caruso’s Last Broadcast on the Naxos label. He has also produced a number of internationally syndicated radio programs for Chicago’s Fine Arts Station WFMT, including currently Collectors’ Corner, which is derived from his extensive personal collection of over 25,000 classical recordings. He has also been a regular panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Quiz.

Mr. Fogel lives in River Forest, Illinois with his wife Frances. They have two children, Karl and Holly, and five grandchildren. In addition to music, he also has a passion for cooking Chinese food, and he studied over three years with Virginia Lee, who wrote the New York Times Chinese Cookbook.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2016 8:00 PM
First Baptist Church, Newton
Price Range: $20 – $73
STRAVINSKY L’Histoire du Soldat
SCHUBERT Death and the Maiden (arr. Mahler)