Lucerne chief’s wife takes over Rachmaninov house

Reading the press release below, I wondered why it fails to mention that the successful candidate for this prestigious arts position in the town of Lucerne happens to be married to Michael Haefliger, director of the Lucerne Festival.

Why the omission?

Swiss secrecy, no doubt.

Press release:

The Board of the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation is happy to announce that the musician and cultural advisor Andrea Loetscher will be the new Director of the Cultural and Education Centre “Villa Senar” in Hertenstein/Weggis as well as the Managing Director of the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation as of July 1, 2022.

‘Andrea Loetscher has emerged from an international tender as the best qualified new managing director of the Foundation and director of the Villa Senar Cultural and Educational Centre’, explains Urs Ziswiler, President of the Serge Rachmaninoff Foundation. ‘She has convinced the Board with her visions for the place, but also with her versatility as a musician, director of an educational institution, concerts organizer as well as with her curiosity for unusual projects, which shall be implemented at such special place with Sergei Rachmaninoff as inspiration and starting point. The Villa Senar and its magic should be positioned as a cultural brand and networked as a fine education and cultural centre. Andrea Loetscher will maintain a lively, fresh and joyfully, but also respectful approach to the place and its history….’

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