Ludwig Brunner has been appointed executive director of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.
Brunner has served as the center’s interim executive director since the departure of Joseph LoSchiavo in December of 2011. LoSchiavo, who held the executive director’s post for nine years, left to accept the role of president and CEO of Soli Deo Gloria in Chicago.
“We are delighted to announce Ludwig’s appointment and the continuation of his dedicated service to the Quick Center,” said Brenda L. McGee, senior vice president for finance and administration at the university. “We are grateful for his competent leadership through this interim period and we are confident he will provide the same sort of direction that helped generate national and international recognition of our museum, the university’s impressive collection, and the institution’s capacity to present major exhibitions and performance arts offerings.”
Brunner’s tenure at the Quick Center began in 2003 when he was named programming consultant. Shortly thereafter he became director of programming, and was named assistant director in 2007.
He said he is excited about this new opportunity.
“It is a great privilege and a challenge to lead the arts center, and building upon the outstanding leadership of my esteemed predecessor,” said Brunner. “I particularly look forward to establishing new relationships with the faculty of the various schools of the university and to working with students for them to recognize the Regina A. Quick Center as their cultural and creative center.”
Prior to his arrival at St. Bonaventure, Brunner was artistic administrator at The Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York City.
Beginning in 1981, Brunner pursued a distinguished career as an agent and manager of major international opera stars, classical music soloists, and Broadway and musical theater performers. He secured many master class engagements and placed major singers as artists-in-residence at universities and music conservatories nationwide.
Internationally, he served as assistant artistic and organizational director for the production of “Porgy and Bess” at Berlin’s Theater des Westens and on the famous “floating” stage at the prestigious Bregenz Festival in Austria. The work earned him a 1988 Berlin Theatergemeinde award (the German equivalent of the Tony award) in the “Production of the Year” category.
He continues to serve annually as an adjudicator for the Belvedere International Singing Competition’s preliminary rounds in New York City and its semi-final and final rounds in Vienna, and as an adjudicator for the Liederkranz International Vocal Competition in New York.
He is the right person to assume leadership at the Quick Center, said Marianne Laine of Olean, chair of the Guild for the Quick Center.
“We all know that Joe LoSchiavo took the Quick Center to a position of prominence, even on an international level, and that Ludwig is more than capable of continuing down that path. He is talented, full of energy and eager to make the Quick Center even more well-known in the arts world,” said Laine.
For more about the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, go to www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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