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'Vision for the Future' - Deborah Rutter '78, President, Kennedy Center

Event Details

Tue, October 13, 2015
06:30PM - 08:30PM
The Anne T. & Robert M. Bass Center
2661 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington DC 20008
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Registration Period:
$20 for WDCSA members and young alumni (5 or fewer years out) $25 for non-members on or before 10/6. Thereafter, $25 for members and young alumni, $30 for non-members.
Ms. Betty Byrne

Ms. Rutter will discuss the 2015 season, projects underway and the state of the arts in DC, one of the most vibrant arts communities in the nation.

Known for emphasizing collaboration, innovation, and community engagement, Ms. Rutter is considered one of the most influential arts administrators in the nation. She is the artistic and administrative director of the world’s busiest performing arts center, managing all facets of the facility, including expansive theater, contemporary dance, ballet, chamber music, and jazz seasons as well as its affiliates the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera. From 2003 through June 2014, she served as president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), employing her dynamic influence to further enhance the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s reputation as one of the world’s most highly acclaimed orchestras. Prior to her position in Chicago, she has served as executive director of the Seattle Symphony, executive director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the orchestra manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Ms. Rutter will be interviewed by Pete Williams ’74, Washington DC-based correspondent for NBC News whose main areas of news coverage include the Department of Justice and Supreme Court. Pete started his career in local news with the Casper, Wyoming television and radio stations, and received a First Amendment Award from the Society of Professional Journalists while serving the Radio-Television News Directors Association board of directors. In 1986, he became press secretary for U.S. Representative Dick Cheney and followed Cheney to the United States Department of Defense as Cheney became United States Secretary of Defense to be the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs in 1989.

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