BMInt announces with deep regret the untimely death of Sean Roberts, executive director of The Boston Classical Orchestra for the last four years. At the Intelligencer we felt a special kinship with Sean. He was extremely helpful in organizing and promoting BMInt’s successful town meeting on “Whither Classical Music in Boston: A discussion of the recent changes at WGBH” in January 2009. This was emblematic of his determination to advance the appreciation of classical music in general and not just for his own organization.
While at BCO he created the Strand Project, a successful effort to produce children’s concerts in the spring and family concerts during the holiday season at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester. As a result, the BCO brings classical music to hundreds of children who might otherwise not be exposed to it.
Sean Roberts graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a BA in Philosophy, English, and Music. He held a number of marketing positions before and after serving as Founding General Manager of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1979 to 1992.
“Sean’s passionate dedication to BCO in particular, and to bringing live orchestral music to every Bostonian he could reach in general, was inspiring and enlivening,” said BCO Music Director Steven Lipsitt. ” We will dearly miss him.”