Viewed as a reward for her performance since her hire in March of 2013, the Board unanimously agreed to continue Lucera’s tenure based on the positive and transformative growth experienced by the symphony since the beginning of her contract and her potential to spearhead further growth in coming years, according to symphony representatives.
“Kelly has become a prominent and well respected arts leader in the community through her involvement with the City, and she is highly admired by her colleagues,” said Board President Irv Miller. “The Board is excited to have Kelly continue to lead this venerable institution.”
Entering her fifth year with the Symphony, Lucera’s successes include ending the past four years with a surplus, hiring a new music director and negotiating a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement with local musicians Union 353 that provides a modest increase in wages as well as in the number of rehearsals, symphony representatives said.
In recognition of her accomplishments, the Symphony won the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce Award for Outstanding Nonprofit in 2015, and Lucera won Mayor Robert Garcia’s 2016 Go Long Beach Award. In 2016, the mayor also appointed Lucera to the Queen Mary Land Development Task Force commission. Through the efforts of that task force, the city council has approved construction of a state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheater referred to by Lucera and Garcia as “The Summer Home of the Long Beach Symphony.”
“I am deeply honored to be a part of this Long Beach institution and absolutely thrilled to help lead this world-class Long Beach treasure into a new era filled with so many artistic, educational and civic engagement possibilities for the city and for the community,” Lucera said.
Source: LB Symphony