May 17, 2013 |
After saluting just two Latino performers in 35 years with its Kennedy Center Honors awards, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says it has revised the selection process to be more inclusive. The changes were announced Thursday in a news release that didn't mention that they were sparked by Latino groups' protests last year over the dearth of Latino honorees. Plácido Domingo in 2000 and Chita Rivera in 2002 have been the only ones, out of more than 170 winners since 1978.
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."