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New St. Louis Symphony CEO settles in, aims to draw in a wider audience

October 21, 2015
Marie-Hélène Bernard Photo by Ursula Ruhl

Marie-Hélène Bernard
Photo by Ursula Ruhl

Marie-Hélène Bernard officially took over as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s president and chief executive officer on July 1, but already she’s immersed herself in the St. Louis community.

Since she arrived, she’s absorbed an impressive amount of information about the St. Louis area, the local institutions, the people and the orchestra itself with lightning speed — the tempo at which she talks.

Read the whole story, an expanded version of the original recently published in the West End Word, here.

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