- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The president and chief executive officer of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is retiring next year.

James Wilkinson, a labor attorney who has held that position since replacing Lawrence Tamburri in 2011, says he’ll stay until the symphony board finds his replacement.

The 69-year-old lawyer joined the symphony’s board in 1984. He’ll stay on as senior vice president once his successor is found.

Board chairman Dick Simmons says Wilkinson’s labor expertise and his ability to relate to the symphony’s musicians helped Wilkinson succeed.

Wilkinson says he’s proudest of helping the symphony cut its expenses, noting the organization was running multi-million-dollar annual deficits that have been cut to slightly more than $1 million this year.

Simmons says that work has put the orchestra within reach of balancing its budget.

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