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    Shortly after the announcement of Robert Birman’s stepping down as CEO (which goes into effect on Friday), the Louisville Orchestra has announced further changes in leadership. In the board of directors meeting today five high-profile community leaders were appointed as new board members of the Louisville Orchestra.

    Chuck Maisch’s term as board president will also end in March following the signing of a new multi-year musician contract, and his position will be filled by new board member Jim Welch, Brown-Forman Corporation Vice Chair. Welch has been an active community member including chairing a Fund for the Arts campaign in 2010.

    David Hyslop has been selected as interim CEO while a search for a permanent replacement is conducted. Hyslop has 48 years of experience in arts management including serving as CEO for three other nationally recognized symphonies including the Minnesota Orchestra (1991-2003), St. Louis Symphony (1978-1991) and Oregon Symphony (1972-1978).

    The board now has 50 members, the largest it has reached in recent history. Christina (Christy) Lee Brown; Todd Lowe, president of Parthenon LLC; Joseph A. “Jay” Paradis III, chairman of Brandeis Machinery and Supply Company; and Thomas Partridge, president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank Kentucky are the other board appointees.

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    Anna Blanton holds a Bachelors of Arts in Music (violin) and a Minor in Marketing from the University of Louisville. Anna currently plays with the Paducah Symphony, Southern Sirens, and The Porch Possums. She is also organizes the backup string section for the Beatles festival, Abbey Road on the River.

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