In memory of Klaus Kolmar

Klaus W. Kolmar of Sea Cliff, NY, a long-time concert and theatrical agent, passed away on May 4, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Peg (née Crossfield); children, Wendy Kolmar and Douglas Kolmar (Kristin); and grandchildren, Anna Kolmar Muldoon, Colin and Phillip Snyder Kolmar.

Klaus was the son of Wilhelm Kolmar and Grete (Stern) Kolmar. He was born in Manheim, Germany, lived in England from 1939-1942, and came to the US in 1943. He served in the Army from 1944-1946 before beginning a long career in theater and the arts. Klaus married Margaret (Peg) Crossfield in 1949.

Klaus attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. He served as Resident Director and as an actor at SPA Summer Theatre in Saratoga Springs, NY, from 1948-1954 as well as Company Manager for S. Hurok Presents in New York City from 1948-1950. Klaus moved on to representing artists and became a Concert Representative at National Concert and Artists Corp., where he served from 1950-1954. He joined the William Morris Agency as Director of the Concert Division in 1954 and stayed through 1969. In 1969, Klaus and Murray Luth founded Kolmar-Luth Entertainment, representing artists including Hal Holbrook (also his long time friend and client), Carlos Montoya, Fred Waring, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Over the years, Klaus represented a long series of artists and actors who became family friends, and who remain so to this day. In 1987, Kolmar-Luth Entertainment became a division of National Artists Management Company, followed by The Touring Artists Group in 1991 and finally The Booking Group in 1996.

Klaus will be fondly remembered by colleagues and family (and Anna’s dog, who he adored). He passed his love of theater, poetry, and music to his children and grandchildren, and he will live on in memory.