National Press Club

NPC Luncheon with Deborah F. Rutter, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

NPC Luncheon with Deborah F. Rutter, President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

October 15, 2014 12:30 PM

Location: Ballroom

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 in the NPC Ballroom.

The first woman to serve in this position, Ms. Rutter is considered one of the most influential arts administrators in the nation. Prior to coming to the Kennedy Center, she was executive director of the Seattle Symphony (1992-2003), and president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (2003-June 2014).

During her Chicago tenure, she oversaw the appointment of the legendary maestro Riccardo Muti as the symphony’s conductor,\ and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma as the Creative Consultant. Along with greatly enhancing fund-raising and ticket sales, Ms. Rutter also invigorated educational programming by establishing an Institute for Learning, Access, and Training.

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

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

NPC Members who wish to attend the pre- luncheon reception must RSVP separately to 48 hours before the event. Space may be limited. You must have a paid reservation to the Luncheon to attend the VIP reception

To submit a question in advance, put RUTTER in the subject line and email to before 10 a.m. on the day of the luncheon.

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