Judy Drucker, 1928-2020

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Judy Drucker passed away at age 91 Monday morning, her attorney Mark Bryn confirmed, due to complications from Alzheimer’s.

The legendary impreseria’s death marks the end of an era in the cultural history of South Florida. As founder and longtime president of the Concert Association of Florida, Drucker consistently brought the greatest stars of classical music to South Florida, from a time when the local classical scene was largely a cultural wasteland into the 21st century when performing arts centers came to the tri-county region, rendering independent arts presenters like Drucker as somewhat anachronistic.

“Judy Drucker was a truly unique human being and impresario,” said pianist Evgeny Kissin in a statement released to SFCR. “So hospitable, so generous, so warm! Everyone loved her, because it was simply impossible not to love her. She’ll be greatly missed by many. Blessed be her memory.”

“Judy Drucker was a true champion of music and musicians,” said Michael Tilson Thomas, artistic director of the New World Symphony. “She referred to herself as an ‘impressaria’ and she really was. I am amongst the countless international musicians that she brought to Miami for the first time.

“Back in those pioneering days it was her warmth, her love and knowledge of music, and her super caring treatment that brought us all back again and again. She was tough, courageous, irreverent and always on the right side of things. I miss her greatly.”

Many of the greats she presented she counted as personal friends: Luciano Pavarotti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Michael Tilson Thomas, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

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One Response to “Judy Drucker, 1928-2020”

  1. Posted Mar 31, 2020 at 4:01 pm by JOANNE RABIN

    GOD BLESS🙏♥️

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