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Derek Kwan

Executive Director
Lied Center of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

Derek Kwan became the Executive Director of the Lied Center of Kansas in January, 2014. He previously served as Vice President of Concerts & Touring for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Executive Director of Interlochen Presents.

What's an emerging opportunity that can be developed in the classical music performance world / how can classical music expand its impact in the present moment?

Classical music must learn to embrace a performance experience that is participatory for its audiences.

How does your institution reflect the values of the AVANT initiative in general, and/or the IMPACT PERFORMANCE competition in particular?

Creating healthy communities is central to the Lied Center of Kansas’s mission. Supporting programs that highlight issues of social justice fits perfectly into this concept.

What would you say to an artist considering applying to the IMPACT PERFORMANCE innovation competition?

You are the future of classical music.