Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith will address his organization’s renaissance at the March 1st Tuesday Speaker Series event. “How the Minnesota Orchestra Regained Its Tempo after Its Historic Lockout” takes place Tuesday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the McNamara Alumni Center. Tickets for the event are available for $35.
Smith has more than 30 years of institutional, artistic, and community leadership experience. He has served as president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra since 2014. The Grammy Award-winning orchestra is recognized for distinguished performances around the world, award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts, educational programs, and commitment to building the repertoire of the future.
Previously, he served as president and CEO of Minnesota Opera. Under his leadership, the company expanded its season from three to five productions, doubled its attendance, grew its annual budget from $1.5 million to $9 million, and grew its assets to $28.8 million.
Smith’s other accomplishments include the 1991 creation of the Minnesota Opera Center in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. He was instrumental in establishing the Arts Partnership. Throughout his career, Smith has been active in statewide arts advocacy, serving on the board of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and as a member of Vote Yes Minnesota. In 2012, he received the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Sally Award for Commitment, which recognizes lifetime achievement, contribution, and leadership in Minnesota arts and culture.
About the Carlson School of Management 1st Tuesday Speaker Series
The Carlson School of Management 1st Tuesday Speaker Series began in 1992 to provide an opportunity for alumni and friends of the Carlson School to continue their management education. The series features top-notch executives addressing hot topics in business and leadership. Held on the first Tuesday of every month, the program attracts alumni and business leaders from throughout the corporate community, and has become an attractive spot for professionals in the metropolitan area to network.