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LA Phil’s new CEO Simon Woods is helping to reframe what it means to be an American orchestra

Simon Woods, who now sits in Borda’s old office at Walt Disney Concert Hall, explains that it’s the best because the orchestra has financial security, Disney Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Gustavo Dudamel, basically everything going for it. “It’s the worst,” he quips, “because it’s all those things, and who would want to follow Deborah?