Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Extra! Extra! ... "Kennedy Center To Aid Artists" ("New Service Lets Arts Administrators Talk To The Center's Personnel About Economic Dfficulties")

"Hello, I'm from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts ... And I'm here to help you."


"The next act in Michael M. Kaiser's quest to make all arts organizations smart and healthy is about to begin.

After a string of successes rescuing arts groups from near-death, Kaiser is now enlisting Kennedy Center managers to help nonprofit arts organizations that are reeling from the recession.

"Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative" was announced this morning. Essentially, the program is a high-tech support service through which arts administrators can talk to the center's personnel about shrinking income, budget-conscious audiences and other difficulties in keeping the doors open.

"Crisis" is not too harsh a word, says Kaiser, 55, the center's president. "You see this multiple whammy. The length and depth of this economic downturn is unprecedented in my lifetime."" ...

Jacqueline Trescott "Kennedy Center to Help Arts Programs in Economic Trouble" Washington Post February 3, 2009

[The WashingtonPost.com edition headline reads "Kennedy Center To Aid Artists"]


Richard Nilsen "Classical Music Fights For Relevance" azcentral.com February 1, 2009


Musica Nova's raison d'etre is the lesser-played repertoire, and its season finale includes Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, Spaniard Joaquin Rodrigo's Concerto Pastorale for flute and Russian-born Argentine modernist Jacobo Ficher's Symphony No. 6.

4 p.m. May 31. Scottsdale, Arizona MusicaNova

"Just how does the MusicaNova conductor, Warren Cohen, choose the works the orchestra performs. What does it take for a piece of music to end up in a MNO concert? Click here to read his answers and learn what makes MusicaNova so special!"


Header: The band during Basil Twist's production of Stravinsky's "Petrushka." (c) Richard Termine 2009. With thanks.

Basil Twist. Courtesy of his website.


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