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National arts consultant named new La Jolla Music Society director

Kristen Lancino will replace Christopher Beach as la Jolla Music Society’s president and artistic director.
Kristen Lancino will replace Christopher Beach as la Jolla Music Society’s president and artistic director.

Following a national search, performing arts consultant Kristin Lancino of New York City has been selected by the La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) board of directors to be the Society’s new president and artistic director, effective Oct. 15, 2015.

Current president and artistic director Christopher Beach, who joined the Society in Dec. 2005, said he will continue his relationship with LJMS as Theatre and Development Consultant, working part-time with the new president and staff, as well as the board of directors, through the design and construction of its forthcoming performing arts center. Construction on the 500-seat concert hall and 150-seat cabaret room that make up the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center (aka The Conrad) at 7600 Fay Ave. will begin next spring for a grand opening in January 2018.

Christopher Beach and Cho-Liang Lin
Christopher Beach and Cho-Liang Lin
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In announcing Lancino’s appointment Sept. 22, LJMS Board Chair Martha Dennis said, “LJMS is on the cusp of exciting growth with its new concert hall, The Conrad, coming on line in the next few years. Kristin Lancino brings the experience and connections as a leader that LJMS needs to optimize this opportunity. Her impressive record of accomplishments working with nationally and internationally renowned artists and organizations brings great energy to our institution. We look forward to welcoming her not just to La Jolla Music Society, but also to the San Diego community.”

With experience in management, artistic administration and operation, Lancino is currently an independent artistic and strategic consultant, using her knowledge from a 30-year career in the arts. Previously she was the executive director of IMG Artists, overseeing the artist management divisions for North and South America. Prior, Lancino was vice-president for G. Schirmer Inc. music publishing company. At Schirmer, she conceived and developed Scores on Demand and worked to negotiate media and copyright issues across all areas of the performing arts including opera and ballet.

Lancino served as interim artistic director for Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and after their appointments, worked closely as an advisor to David Finckel and Wu Han in long-range institutional planning, international touring, artistic programming and commissioning projects. Additionally, she has consulted on projects with the 92nd Street Y, Aaron Copland Fund, James Conlon and the Emerson String Quartet.

Lancino also served for 14 years at Carnegie Hall, culminating in a decade as director of artistic planning. At Carnegie, she was central to producing the Carnegie Hall Centennial season, and developing the long-range artistic mission for Zankel Hall. In addition to overseeing all programming and commissioning projects, she initiated the Perspectives Series for performers such as Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez and András Schiff. As the Director of Education, she developed Professional Training Workshops led by artists such as Pierre Boulez, Alfred Brendel, Marilyn Horne and Isaac Stern, as well as renewed the tradition of family concerts and directed the Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller International American Music Competition.

LJMS SummerFest music director Cho-Liang Lin said, “I have worked with Kristin Lancino while she worked at Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and G. Schirmer. I have always admired her work and her artistic views. This is an exciting appointment. I greatly look forward to working with Ms. Lancino.”

In accepting the appointment, Lancino said, “It is a privilege and an honor to be able to join LJMS at such an important time of growth for the institution. (It) has a strong foundation, with a distinguished history of artistic excellence, a dedicated board of directors and strong philanthropic support in the community. Leading this dynamic arts organization is an opportunity for me to draw from my diverse experiences to maintain its continued success as well as guide the future growth. I am eager to share my commitment to education programs, for all ages, and work collaboratively within the community to fulfill La Jolla Music Society’s mission of enhancing the vitality and deepening the cultural life of San Diego.”

LJMS presents a year-round arts calendar bringing San Diegans a season of classical, jazz and contemporary music and dance. This year, LJMS will present New York City Ballet MOVES, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Garrick Ohlsson, Daniil Trifonov, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Itzhak Perlman & Emanuel Ax, Murray Perahia, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Aaron Neville, Keb’ Mo’ and other emerging and world-renowned artists.

For more information, visit ljms.org or call (858) 459-3728 for a brochure.