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October 6, 2015

Colorado Symphony Announces 5 Additions to Its Board of Trustees

Oct. 6, 2015 – The Colorado Symphony Association announced today that five new trustees were elected to its Board on September 29, 2015. These additions bring the total number of community trustees to 28, up from six as of September 2011. “This is a testament to the resurgence of the Colorado Symphony.” said Jerry Kern, CEO and Co-Chair of the Board.

The new trustees are as follows:

Joe Neguse
Mr. Neguse is the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper.  Previously, Mr. Neguse practiced law. He was selected for inclusion in the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 “Colorado Super Lawyers—Rising Stars” list and was voted one of the “National Black Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2015. He has also served on the CU Board of Regents where he helped oversee a $3.4 billion budget, as well as Chair both the Audit and the Budget and Finance committees. Mr. Neguse received his juris doctorate from the University of Colorado Law School, where he served as class president.


Kathleen Johnson
Ms. Johnson is a member of Sherman and Howard’s Estate and Tax Planning Group where she assists clients with managing and transferring private wealth, and counsels philanthropic donors on charitable giving. Ms. Johnson is also the director of Redline, a Denver-based non-profit dedicated to art, education, and community. She received her B.A. from Loyola College, her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and her L.L.M. from New York University School of Law.


Brooks Kanski
Mr. Kanski is an associate for the Denver-based private equity group Resource Land Holdings, LLC where he assists in managing approximately $550 million of assets. Mr. Kanski is a 2012 graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder during where he served as student body vice president and a member of the University of Colorado Student Government Finance Board helping to oversee a $30 million budget.


Elaine Brickman
Ms. Brickman is the Intern Director for the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League. She is an actively engaged community volunteer with service on multiple boards including the Board of The Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Brickman is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has worked as a nurse for 20 years.


Dr. Jonathan Masoudi, M.D.
Dr. Masoudi is an Area Medical Director for Kaiser Permanente, as well as an Attending Physician for Colorado Permanente Medical Group where he has served on the Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Masoudi is the Board Chair of The Logan School for Creative Learning and also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Swan Valley Medical. Dr. Masoudi holds a B.A. in economics and chemistry from Amherst College, an M.D. from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from University of Colorado, Boulder.

For more information or to request interviews, please contact:
Seth McNew, Director of Public and Community Relations  – 303.308.2477

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Tickets are available online at , by phone at 303.623.7876, and in person at the Boettcher Concert Hall Box Office, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street. The Box Office is open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday, noon – 6 pm; and two hours prior to each performance.

The Colorado Symphony thanks its gracious season sponsors: The Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), Arrow Electronics, Target, 9News, United Airlines, and Rocky Mountain Honda.

One of the leading orchestras in the United States, the Colorado Symphony performs more than 150 concerts annually at Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver and across Colorado. Led by internationally renowned Music Director Andrew Litton, the Colorado Symphony is home to eighty full-time musicians, representing more than a dozen nations, and regularly welcomes the most celebrated artists from the world of symphonic music and beyond. Every season, the Colorado Symphony serves more than 250,000 people from all walks of life, performing a range of musical styles, from traditional to contemporary. Recognized as an incubator of innovation, creativity, and excellence, the Colorado Symphony continually expands its reach through education, outreach, and programming. The Colorado Symphony partners with the state’s leading musical artists, cultural organizations, corporations, foundations, sports teams, and individuals to expose diverse audiences to the transformative power of music. To learn more, visit