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Bronfein expected to be named BSO chairman


Michael G. Bronfein, a Randallstown-raised, self-made millionaire and political donor who played golf and watched movies with President Bill Clinton, is expected to be the next chairman of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's board of directors.

"There is no other nominee," said Eileen Andrews Jackson, the BSO's director of public relations. "His candidacy will be considered and voted upon at the annual board meeting on Monday."

Bronfein joined the board in 1993 and is one of six vice chairs and a member of the executive committee. He would succeed Philip D. English, who chose not to run for another term.

"I think [Bronfein] has the talent, the connections and the personality to restore community confidence in the BSO and broad support for its future," said Greg Tucker, the BSO's former vice president of public relations.

"I knew him to be someone who understood that the only way this organization can truly be viable is if you expect and demand the same high level of performance behind the stage -- and that means management, board and staff -- as you do on the stage."

During his three-year tenure, English helped negotiate the hiring of Marin Alsop to succeed Yuri Temirkanov as BSO music director. But the English years also saw increased financial problems at the orchestra, as well as staff and orchestra morale problems.

Bronfein, 50, is a managing partner of the Baltimore venture capital firm Sterling Partners, and is a co-founder and former chairman and chief executive of NeighborCare, a pharmacy company.

He has also been a major donor to Democratic Party candidates on the state and national level. He was the campaign finance chairman for Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in her run for Maryland governor in 2002.

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