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Jerry Kern Has Made Lots of Noise at the Colorado Symphony

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra's Classically Cannabis series this summer grabbed headlines across the country -- but it's far from the first time that the symphony has turned heads, and it won't be the last. The organization has hosted high-profile musical collaborations, launched out-of-the-box fundraising efforts, made flashy new hires. Who's responsible for such bold moves? The answer, says nearly everyone associated with the CSO, is symphony CEO Jerome Kern. For more on this unlikely savior, read Joel Warner's "Unfinished Symphony" story on the Backbeat blog.
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Joel Warner is a former staff writer for Westword and International Business Times. He's also written for WIRED, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Bloomberg Businessweek, Popular Science, Slate, Grantland and many other publications. He's co-author of the 2014 book The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny, published by Simon & Schuster.
Contact: Joel Warner