By Rodney Punt
Los Angeles is proud of native daughter Deborah Rutter, who, it has just been announced, caps a spectacular career in arts administration with her appointment as President of the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Growing up in the Los Angeles area, Rutter studied piano and violin. She earned a master's degree in business administration from USC. Her early career had local stints at both the LA Chamber Orchestra and the LA Phil. After highly successful decade-long managements of both the Seattle Symphony and most recently the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rutter will now be the third person (and the first woman) to helm the Kennedy Center's operations.
Apropos, Rutter's father is LA's renowned arts patron, Marshall Rutter, founding board member and former chairman of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, who has been instrumental, with President and CEO Terry Knowles, Music Director and Conductor Grant Gershon, and a host of fine vocalists, in building that organization into the premiere full-time chorale in the nation.
A delighted City of Los Angeles salutes all the Rutters. Bravo !!
Further information in the Washington Post.
Photo of Deborah Rutter is by Todd Rosenberg
Rodney Punt can be reached at [email protected]