Each year we honor a group of extrodinary professionals who work in the Fenway Cultural District
to provide a cultural environment that merges both the historical and contemporary elements of the Fenway, into a welcoming and creative experience for residents of the area, residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as national and international visitors of all ages. True to the visionary leadership and spirit of the historical icons within our community, these individuals continuously innovate to create an urban space that provides creative experiences that are culturally relevant, aesthetically engaging, and contribute to the economic vitality of the Fenway Cultural District. These professionals are being honored by The Fenway Alliance and their respective institutions for exhibiting ‘Exceptional Spirit’ in their work.
This year, on Monday, November 20th, 2017, the Fenway Alliance honored Mark Volpe, Managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at the annual FACES gala. Throughout his 20-year tenure at the BSO, Mark has worked with three musical directors, and been the driving force behind both the tremendous growth of the symphony’s operating budget and endowment. As a result of his creative vitality and steadfast dedication, Mark has led the BSO’s new innovative programming for emerging audiences and taken the Symphony outside the Hall to communities throughout our City, ensuring the future of both traditional and new musical excellence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for generations to come.
The celebration was held at Symphony Hall, home of the BSO. We heard entertaining and inspiring stories from Mr. Volpe, enjoyed good music and good company, and raised over $3,000 for the Alliance’s annual arts festival Opening Our Doors–the largest day of free cultural experiences in Boston, celebrating its 16th year in 2018.. Thank you to all who attended!