Kennedy Center receives $10 million gift from its chairman, Baltimore-born David Rubenstein
The gift, spread over five years, includes $5 million for the National Symphony Orchestra "in celebration of the arrival of music director Christoph Eschenbach," to quote the press release.
Eschenbach's much-anticipated, long-awaited tenure begins Saturday with a starry gala featuring soprano Renee Fleming and pianist Lang Lang and continues next week with performances of Beethoven's Ninth.
Rubenstein, a Baltimore-born billionaire and major philanthropist, is co-founder and managing director of the private equity firm called the Carlyle Group. Among recipients of his generosity are
The latest grant to the Kennedy Center, which has received millions from him before, provides $2.5 million for artistic programming; "a significant production each season at the Kennedy Center called The Rubenstein Program" will be the result. Another $1.5 million will support the center's educational activities. Additional beneficiaries include the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the Kennedy Center Honors.
Rubenstein "gives in ways that support programs in which he truly believes, and that inspire others to do likewise,” Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser said in a statement.
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