LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Orchestra CEO will step down from his position, effective February 1. An interim CEO will be named soon.
According to a press release issues by the orchestra, Birman met with the board's executive committee and proposed the change, saying that the resurgence of the organization called for new leadership to move it forward unencumbered by the past.
In a statement, board chair, Charles D. Maisch said: "The Orchestra, the staff and its board are extremely saddened to see Rob go. He has been a courageous partner with an extraordinary dedication and resolve. We are grateful that he endured the arduous process of rebalancing the Orchestra's cost model during the worst economic climate in our history, and remained to initiate the return of our concerts and educational programming. He is a fearless leader and will be dearly missed."
Under Birman's tenure, the Orchestra endured a year-long labor impasse. In 2010, the arts organization filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to restructure its persistent debt but still managed a full season of public subscription concerts. The Orchestra successfully emerged from Bankruptcy in August 2011 and resumed concerts this past September under a 30-week contract with 55 salaried musicians. Birman was appointed COO of the Orchestra in October 2008, and later CEO in 2009.
The Orchestra's concert season runs from September through April each year.
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