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Brad Broecker, Louisville Orchestra

Bradley L. Broecker is retiring CEO of the Louisville Orchestra (LO).

Bradley Broecker Broecker stepped forward in 2006 to volunteer his time to rebuild the Orchestra’s franchise. He has worked for $1 per year in this capacity and led the Orchestra to newfound artistic and fiscal health during his tenure.

The first ten years of Broecker’s business career were spent in a family owned manufacturing business.

He then spent fourteen years in marketing and brand management at Brown and Williamson Tobacco Corp. During this time he served on the volunteer board of the organization that presented touring Broadway. Later he formed his own company for the presentation of Broadway shows, later selling it to what became Clear Channel Entertainment where he served as a Senior Vice President until he retired in October, 2005.

A native of Louisville, Broecker attended many of the LO Making Music concerts when they were first conceived in the 1940s.

A product of the Louisville/Jefferson County School system, he received his B.S. degree from Vanderbilt University where he majored in Business and Labor and Personnel Administration. He played tuba and double bass in his high school and college band and orchestra.

Bradley Broecker with Candyce Clifft Bradley L. Broecker will retire from the Louisville Orchestra as of May 31, 2009.

The Louisville Orchestra was founded in 1937 by conductor Robert Whitney and Charles Farnsley, then mayor of Louisville. It is full-time, 71-member ensemble offering a wide variety of concert series to the community, including classical programs featuring world-renowned guest artists, lighter classical and pops performances, and education and family offerings. The Orchestra is also the resident performing group for the Louisville Ballet and the Kentucky Opera.

The Orchestra performs over 125 concerts each season in over 40 locations throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana and was awarded the 2001 Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming, a recognition given by ASCAP to only one orchestra in the nation each year.

The Louisville Orchestra was also chosen as one of seven American orchestras to participate in “Institutional Vision,” a three-year program of the League of American Orchestras focusing on how great leaders combine passion, dreams, and skill to assure a compelling vision for an institution.

Biographichal information provided by the Louisville Orchestra.

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