Indy Symphony hires new executive from Cleveland


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has tapped Cleveland Orchestra general manager Gary Ginstling to become its new chief executive.

The Indianapolis group announced Wednesday the 46-year-old Ginstling will begin March 18.

In Cleveland, Ginstling is credited with building the orchestra's audience through new formats and programs that took it into the community. As executive director for the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra before that, he reduced its debt by 60 percent.

The ISO is trying to broaden its appeal after raising $8.5 million in less than three months to lock in a contract with union musicians who gave $11.5 million in concessions over five years to slow the erosion of the ISO's endowment.

Ginstling replaces Simon Crookall, who resigned a year ago. Chief Financial Officer Jackie Groth has served as interim CEO.