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KSL joins the broader community in bidding a fond farewell to Anne Ewers, along with a genuine expression of thanks for guiding the Utah Symphony and Opera through a stressful, yet ultimately successful period.
Ewers is leaving Utah to assume leadership of the prestigious Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.
For most of her tenure in Utah, Ewers guided the Utah Opera. When the Opera and the Utah Symphony Orchestra merged in 2002, Ewers became President and CEO of the combined operations.
It wasn't an easy assignment, especially since such a merger of two prominent arts organizations in a single community was unprecedented. Many doubted it could succeed. Yet, she committed herself with extraordinary energy to the task and managed to endure a host of ups and downs. As it stands, she leaves the Utah Symphony and Opera in sound artistic and financial condition.
Still, her departure, along with the previously announced plan for Symphony director Keith Lockhart to step down after the 2008-2009 season, creates a major challenge for those responsible for filling the positions.
Such significant changes would be much more difficult to go through had Anne Ewers not been on the scene to bring stability to the combined organizations. KSL wishes her well in her exciting new endeavor.