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ANNOUNCEMENT: La Jolla Music Society names Susan T. Danis as new CEO/president, 8 months prior to opening $78.5 million arts center

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
July 23, 2018

The La Jolla Music Society’s board of directors announced Monday that it had selected Susan T. Danis as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. She has spent the past six years as the CEO and executive director of Florida Grand Opera, following her 13-year tenure as Sarasota Opera’s executive director.

Danis, a Connecticut native, will assume her new position in La Jolla on Oct. 1. She replaces Kristin Lancino, who abruptly resigned in January from her position as the La Jolla Music Society’s president and artistic director after serving for barely two years. Danis was one of three finalists the board considered from a field of 40 applicants from across the nation.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: La Jolla Music Society Announces Susan T. Danis as New President and CEO


SAN DIEGO, CA—La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Susan T. Danis as President and CEO of La Jolla Music Society, effective October 1, 2018.

“With the opening of The Conrad just around the corner, this is a very exciting time for our organization,” said LJMS Board Chair, Katherine Chapin.  “We are confident that Susan is the right person to build on our strong foundation and lead us into a dynamic future.“

Ms. Danis is currently the General Director and CEO of Florida Grand Opera (FGO) in Miami, and brings over 30 years of arts administration experience to her new position.  While at FGO, she secured the largest gifts in the 75-year history of the company and initiated several new programs including the Made for Miami series, which presents operas relevant to the diverse communities of South Florida.

Prior to her six years at FGO, Ms. Danis was the Executive Director of Sarasota Opera for 13 years. She oversaw a $20 million renovation of their historic theater in 2008, which enabled the organization to expand its artistic offerings and increase its annual productions.

Ms. Danis also served for eight years as the General and Executive Director of the Lake George Opera Festival, now known as Opera Saratoga.  During her tenure, she revitalized the financial operations, artistic and educational programs, and relocated the company to Saratoga Springs, New York.

LJMS will open its new concert hall, The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center (The Conrad), in April 2019. Located in downtown La Jolla, The Conrad is a 49,000-square foot-facility with a 513-seat concert hall, specially designed acoustics and architecture inspired by the surrounding coastal community.

“Becoming the President & CEO of La Jolla Music Society and leading one of Southern California’s most prestigious performing arts organizations is the fulfillment of a lifelong goal,” said Ms. Danis in accepting the appointment. “I am truly honored to be a part of the opening of The Conrad, and to work with the new SummerFest Music Director, Inon Barnatan.  I will make it my mission to passionately preserve the highest artistic standards while imagining a new, bright future for LJMS.”

About La Jolla Music Society

As one of Southern California’s leading presenters of world-class performing arts, La Jolla Music Society contributes to San Diego’s cultural vitality year-round through a rich variety of presentations, including classical, jazz, contemporary music and dance.  During the 2018-2019 Season, La Jolla Music Society will celebrate its 50th anniversary, presenting Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Danish String Quartet, Midori, Gil Shaham, Anoushka Shankar, and Chris Thile among other artists both emerging and world-renowned.  In addition to robust educational programs and community outreach, La Jolla Music Society produces SummerFest, a nationally recognized chamber music festival in August, featuring over 80 world-class artists and ensembles performing concerts.  For more information, visit www.LJMS.org, or call 858.459.3728.

ANNOUNCEMENT: La Jolla Music Society Announces Susan T. Danis as New President and CEO 2018-07-23T17:42:03+00:00

ANNOUNCEMENT: La Jolla Music Society will celebrate stellar 50th anniversary season in its new $78.5 million arts center

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
July 8, 2018

Booking the performers and heading the board of directors for one of San Diego’s oldest and most respected arts organizations is serious business.

But Leah Rosenthal and Katherine Chapin have good reason to sound doubly giddy when they discuss the La Jolla Music Society’s upcoming 2018-19 season.

Their excitement stems from more than the star-packed lineup, which ranges from Japanese-born violinist Midori and Russian piano sensation Daniil Trifonov to sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Not only does the new season mark the 50th anniversary of the La Jolla Music Society, it will also usher in the debut of the nonprofit arts organization’s new La Jolla home, the $78.5 million Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: La Jolla Music Society will celebrate stellar 50th anniversary season in its new $78.5 million arts center 2018-07-08T14:21:56+00:00