Fine arts centers face the music
By Frederick M. Winship for UPI
NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Announcement of the New York Philharmonic's plans to abandon Lincoln Center and return to its old home at Carnegie Hall is the latest fall-out of the weak economy's effect on the performing arts.
The Philharmonic, the nation's oldest symphony orchestra, was the first component of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, moving there from Carnegie Hall in 1962. The center has since grown to become America's largest performing arts center with 11 components including opera, theater, ballet, classical music, and jazz.
But time has not been kind to Lincoln Center and other arts centers, such as Washington's Kennedy Center. As they near middle age, they need facelifts and even more serious renovations than they cannot afford in the face of numerous problems including declining ticket sales, particularly for symphonic concerts. Lincoln Center's $1.5 billion renovation plan has been scaled down to a $350 million plan. click for more