The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra has hired a new executive director with national theater credentials. He’s Brian Laczko, who formerly worked as the Assistant Managing Director at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN, Director at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., and Executive Director for 12 years of the Carson Center in Paducah, KY.
Mr. Laczko announced his retirement last year from the Carson Center — a $36 million-dollar event, conference and concert center that seats 1,800 – to retire with his wife Susan to the home they own in Naples.
The plans changed when Ken Barber, Charlotte Symphony board chairman, called him to discuss the open executive director position at the symphony. He was hired by the CSO board of directors, beginning his new task in April.
He said he is pleased to be working again with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Raffaele Ponti, who is also the Music Director of the Paducah Symphony, which played at the Carson Center.
He said that Ponti will oversee the orchestra, and he will oversee its’ business operations.
“I’m here to support the Maestro and the Orchestra,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about, making the orchestra bigger and better. The players are very committed. They just need the support to make it happen. To make it bigger and better than ever.” “We have a strong story,” he said. “We need to get it out there, focusing specifically on Charlotte County, but beyond as well.” “You don’t need to have a doctorate degree in music to enjoy the symphony orchestra. Just come try us. You’ll want to come back.”
Board Chair Barber said, “I couldn’t be more pleased with Brian’s experience and capability. He brings so much to the job, including the added benefit of working with the Maestro for many years. He is an outstanding addition to the symphony team.”