September 10, 2015: In an effort to capitalize on the increasing popularity of Weill's music and the organization's expanding financial resources, the Kurt Weill Foundation is pleased to announce the appointments of Harvey Rosenstein as Director of Promotional Activities and Elizabeth Blaufox as Associate Director of Programs and Promotion. They join long-time staff member Brady Sansone, recently promoted to Director of Programs and Business Affairs, to form the core team entrusted with carrying out this Board-directed mandate. These appointments mark a new phase in the Foundation's pursuit of its mission, with expansion of existing programs and new initiatives that increase charitable distributions to institutions performing the works of Weill and Blitzstein. It will also provide increased support for nurturing young talent. Foundation President Kim H. Kowalke says, "With these newly created positions, the Foundation has recruited two highly successful and mutually complementary staff members to help position the Foundation’s programs and its promotional efforts at a time of growth and a unique window of opportunity."
Mr. Rosenstein will lead promotional initiatives regarding visibility of the Weill and Marc Blitzstein catalogs; coordinate with international publishing partners, and serve as a resource to artistic directors and administrators. Rosenstein brings to the Kurt Weill Foundation more than thirty years of experience in classical music administration. For fifteen years he has been the promoter and programmer for Latin American concert and recitals tours with International Creative Productions, while simultaneously managing press and public relations at KKN Enterprises. Rosenstein has also worked with Herbert Breslin Artist Management, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Waverly Consort. His love of opera manifested itself at the curious age of five, and his passion for the music of Kurt Weill dates back almost as far. On assuming his new position, Rosenstein comments, "I am thrilled to join the excellent staff and Board of the Kurt Weill Foundation. I look forward to expanding the reach of the Foundation and furthering the musical legacies of Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya and Marc Blitzstein."
Ms. Blaufox will spearhead promotional activity related to the Kurt Weill Foundation's grant, prize, and sponsorship programs, including the Lotte Lenya Competition, various fellowship programs, including the newly created Kurt Weill/Julius Rudel Conducting Fellowship; and collaborate on Weill and Blitzstein catalog promotional outreach and program administration. She joins the Foundation from Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers, Inc., where she worked for nearly nine years, most recently as Manager of the Rental Library. An oboist by training, Blaufox received a Master’s degree in Musicology from the City College of New York, where she specialized in twentieth century music with an emphasis on the intersection between music and political ideology. She says of her new position, "Kurt Weill and his music lie right at the confluence of my particular area of personal and scholarly interest. Joining the KWF will allow me to combine my background in music publishing and arts administration with this field of expertise."
If you’d like more information about this topic, please contact Elizabeth Blaufox at the Kurt Weill Foundation: (212) 505-5240 x210 or .