Music: Org Man of Music

For years the Los Angeles Philharmonic has played concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, but has also competed with the Hollywood Bowl Association for guest conductors and soloists. Last summer both organizations made a move highly unusual in the music world, turned for advice to McKinsey & Co., a Manhattan firm of management consultants. McKinsey advised that what the two outfits needed was a joint director, added the even more radical suggestion that they consult an executive recruiting firm.

So far as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl knew, no symphony director had ever been picked in that fashion. Nevertheless, they...

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