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Harman Center for the Arts Celebration
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0660  Wednesday, 3 October 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Subject: 	Harman Center for the Arts Celebration

Michael Kahn held a big party on Monday evening to launch the new stage 
for the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the new designation for the 
two-stage home of the Company, The Harman Center for the Arts. Below are 
two short accounts of that Gala.

Shakespeare Theatre Company Gala Celebration
(From BroadwayWorld.com)

http://broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=21858

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's celebrated the opening of their new 
$89 million Harman Center for the Arts in downtown Washington, DC at a 
Gala Celebration on Monday, October 1.

The evening, which raised $2.8 million for the Shakespeare Theatre 
Company, brought together on the new Harman stage stars from the theatre 
(Patti LuPone and Sam Waterston),  ballet (Julio Bocca and Nina 
Ananiashvili), jazz (Wynton Marsalis) and classical music (violinist 
Anne-Sophie Mutter), before a star-studded audience including Chelsea 
Clinton, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester and The Honorable Sandra Day 
O'Connor.

While it will be used by a variety of national and international 
performing arts company each year, the new 775-seat theatre will 
principally be the newest (and second) performance venue for the 
Shakespeare Theatre Company as it expands its season from 5 to 8 
productions each season, aiming to become a national destination for 
classical theatre in the US (STC's existing 450-seat Lansburgh Theatre, 
also in downtown DC, has been drawing patrons to the classics for 20 years.)

The Harman Center for the Arts is named after Sidney Harman, whose $20 
million contribution kicked off the Shakespeare Theatre Company's 
fundraising efforts.

For more information, visit www.ShakespeareTheatre.org

Harman Center makes debut in D.C. -- Theater company gets a second home
By Nick Madigan
October 3, 2007
WASHINGTON
 From The Baltimore Sun Online: 
baltimoresun.comwww.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.harman03oct03,0,6928437.story

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-md.harman03oct03,0,2080104,full.story

Under a halo of popping flashbulbs, the capital's high society turned 
out in droves this week for the gala opening of the Harman Center for 
the Arts, which includes a new $89 million, glass-fronted auditorium 
that will be a new home for the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Each of the guests - who included Chelsea Clinton, with Secret Service 
agents in tow, and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor - 
paid $5,000 to attend events that included a cocktail party; 
performances from, among others, Broadway star Patti LuPone and jazz 
virtuoso Wynton Marsalis; a fireworks display outside on F Street; and a 
banquet in the National Building Museum a couple of blocks away.

The master of ceremonies at Monday night's gala was actor Sam Waterston 
of the TV show Law & Order. He introduced not only LuPone and Marsalis, 
but also violinist Ann-Sophie Mutter, who played selections from George 
Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; ballet dancers Julio Bocca and Nina 
Ananiashvili, who danced a pas de deux from Swan Lake; the Jazz at 
Lincoln Center Orchestra, which played two Marsalis compositions and a 
crackling version of "Take the 'A' Train" by Billy Strayhorn; and the 
Washington Ballet, which danced to five Beatles songs.

Michael Kahn, who has been the company's artistic director for 21 
seasons, told the audience that the event had raised almost $3 million. 
Construction of the 755-seat Sidney Harman Hall, packed with 
state-of-the-art soundproofing and lighting technology, began in 
November 2004.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Kahn said, will continue to use its 
longtime home, the 451- seat Lansburgh Theatre nearby, also part of the 
Harman Center.  Having two theaters lets the company expand its coming 
season from five to eight plays, present two repertory series, introduce 
family and lunchtime programming, and increase its education and 
outreach efforts.

The company's new season begins today with Shakespeare's The Taming of 
the Shrew at the Lansburgh Theatre and, on Nov. 7, Tamburlaine by 
Christopher Marlowe in the new auditorium.

The center is named for Sidney Harman, who built a fortune by making 
high-end audio equipment and donated about $19 million for the new theater.

"People make this kind of gift because they believe it sanctions their 
lives, but I don't need any of that," Harman, whose wife is Rep. Jane 
Harman, a California Democrat, said Sunday during a reception at the 
British Embassy in honor of the new theater. His gift, he said, was "an 
act of love."

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