Classical II – Henry Fogel

Henry Fogel is one of America’s most esteemed performing arts administrators, with a career dating back to 1963. From 1985-2003 he was President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestras. From 2003-2008 he served as President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras, and spent the following year remaining with the League as a field consultant to orchestras. From 2009-2019 he served as Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where he is now Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of the Arts. In addition, he continues to serve as a consultant for symphony orchestras and musical organizations throughout the world.

Mr. Fogel has served as a narrator with a number of orchestras, and he has appeared as a narrator on CDs on the Albany and Naxos labels. He also has produced a number of internationally syndicated radio programs for Chicago’s Fine Arts Station WFMT, including currently Collectors’ Corner, which is derived from his extensive personal collection of over 25,000 classical recordings. He was for many years a regular panelist on the Metropolitan Opera Broadcast Quiz. He has also written program notes for a number of recording companies and orchestras.

Mr. Fogel lives in River Forest, Illinois with his wife Frances. They have two children, Karl and Holly, and five grandchildren. In addition to music, he also has a passion for cooking Chinese food, and he studied over three years with Virginia Lee, who wrote the New York Times Chinese Cookbook.