National Press Club

New Kennedy Center president to outline agenda at Oct. 15 luncheon

October 3, 2014 | By Amy Henderson | hendersonae@si.org

New president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Deborah F. Rutter, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 15.

New president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Deborah F. Rutter, will speak at a National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 15.

The new president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Deborah F. Rutter, will outline her plans for the Center’s future at a National Press Club luncheon on Oct. 15.

The first woman to serve in this position, Rutter is considered one of the most influential arts administrators in the nation. She previously was executive director of the Seattle Symphony from 1992 to 2003 and president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association until June of this year.

Recognized for her emphasis on collaboration, innovation and community engagement, Rutter has said that her main task will be to ensure that the Kennedy Center enhance its reputation as the nation’s performing arts center and as a destination for audiences and artists from around the world.

The luncheon will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. with remarks to begin at 1, followed by a question-and-answer session that will end at 2. Tickets cost is $22 for Club members and $36 for non-members. Tickets must be purchased at time of reservation.

Upcoming luncheons:

Oct. 20 - Thomas E. Perez, secretary of labor