“The Louisville Orchestra will have a change of leadership later this month when Brad Broecker steps down,” 89.3 WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports on the radio station’s website. “Broecker became the organization’s chief executive officer in 2006, just after the orchestra averted bankruptcy, and quickly brought conductor Jorge Mester back to the organization. He then helped eliminate the organization’s debts and launch new artistic programming, while receiving an annual salary of one dollar. Broecker says the organization is now on solid footing. … His replacement will be Robert Birman, whom Broecker recruited last year as the orchestra’s chief operating officer. Broecker says the orchestra has already benefited from Birman’s experience managing orchestras in several cities, including San Francisco and Boston. … Tom Noland is president of the orchestra’s board of directors. He says Birman is a good choice for difficult economic times. ‘He is extremely disciplined when it comes to budgets and is right now in the midst of having necessarily to cut our budget for next year in light of all the various shortfalls that we and other arts groups are experiencing.’ Birman takes over the position of CEO on June 1.”

Posted May 13, 2009

Photo credit: Frankie Steele courtesy of the Louisville Orchestra