October 1, 2012 |
Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., has apologized for cussing out the head of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts over the phone in mid-September, in response to a demand to stop overlooking Latinos in the annual Kennedy Center Honors awards. Felix Sanchez, chairman of the Washington-based group, had said last week that Kaiser swore and hung up after no more than three minutes when they spoke Sept. 14 - two days after the Kennedy Center had announced a roster of 2012 honorees that, for the 33rdyear out of 35, included no Latinos.
March 10, 1999 |
When Michael Kaiser started work in November at the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden as its fourth chief executive in less than two years, the British press likened his mission to joining the procession of Henry VIII's wives. As it turns out, the 44-year-old New Yorker hasn't lost his head or his heady reputation for turning around ailing arts groups.
December 1, 2004 |
The Dance Theatre of Harlem School, which closed earlier this year due to poor finances and lack of insurance, will reopen Saturday with a new executive director. Laveen Naidu will assume the executive position when the 35-year-old school reopens, spokeswoman Ellen Zeisler said Tuesday. The South African-born Naidu enrolled on a scholarship in 1989, rose to principal dancer at the company and later became an administrator.
September 30, 2003 |
Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert with its American counterpart and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Washington, as part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored cultural exchange program, the Kennedy Center said Monday. "They're incredibly dedicated musicians and we're very excited about them coming here," Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser said. "The role of learning about people through art is central."