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Author:  Azlan [ Fri Oct 11, 2002 7:10 pm ]
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Click here for a virtual tour:

http://www.seattlecenter.org/Momhweb2.mov

Author:  Matthew [ Sat Oct 12, 2002 11:59 am ]
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Thanks - a fun tour with great music.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Oct 14, 2002 10:03 am ]
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A news article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, focusing on city council reaction to the mayor's bridge loan proposal:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical/90948_opera12.shtml

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Wed Oct 16, 2002 10:27 am ]
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Some recent items in the Seattle Times:

(1) a column by the chair and treasurer of the Seattle Center Foundation:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=satrdr12&date=20021012

(2) a letter to the editor from Tuesday, October 15 (scroll down to the penultimate letter, by Lisa Papp):

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=tuelets15&date=20021015

and (3) an editorial from Wednesday, October 16, stating the Times' position that the project should be brought to completion with loan interest paid by additional admissions taxes on McCaw Hall ticket sales:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=loaned16&date=20021016

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Oct 17, 2002 9:55 am ]
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James Raisbeck has written a response to Saturday's "Chorus of Criticism" piece in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Mr. Raisbeck is a generous donor and supporter of both Pacific Nortwest Ballet and Seattle Opera:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/91475_ltrs17.shtml

Scroll down midway through the letters....

Author:  LMCtech [ Thu Oct 17, 2002 11:33 am ]
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Hmmm...all they need now is a fire to make it a really epic adventure.

Author:  DavidH [ Thu Oct 17, 2002 2:12 pm ]
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Well said Mr. Raisbeck!

DGH

Author:  Azlan [ Thu Oct 17, 2002 11:04 pm ]
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I love Mr Raisbeck's letter, especially:

Quote:
It is not important that all of us enjoy the same forms of entertainment available to us. It is, however, necessary for all of us to support them all, including basketball, football, baseball, the ballet and the opera for our common good.

It forms an important element of Seattle's civic pride.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue Nov 26, 2002 3:30 pm ]
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The Seattle City Council has approved the proposal to issue bonds in order to create a bridge loan for the project to ensure the June 2003 opening. News items in both papers.

Kathy Mulady in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/97288_mccaw26.shtml

and Jim Brunner in the Seattle Times:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=mccaw26m&date=20021126

Author:  Azlan [ Wed Nov 27, 2002 12:33 am ]
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That is good news indeed.

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:08 pm ]
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Melinda Bargreen reports in the January 26 Seattle Times about the struggle to keep the fundraising momentum alive for McCaw Hall. Failure to complete the fundraising could lead to dire consequences for Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet, including the likelihood of higher rents impacting their operating budgets and facilities surcharges cutting into their ticket buyers:

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=mccaw26&date=20030126

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Feb 28, 2003 3:22 pm ]
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Melinda Bargreen provides an update on the status of private fundraising for the project, detailing the most recent announcement of $1 million from Bill Neukom (former Microsoft chief legal counsel), $1 million from an anonymous donor, and $250K each from the Forest Foundation, Bagley Wright Foundation and William and Gail Weyerhaeuser. Mr. Neukom has had a long involvement with the Corporate Council for the Arts and Mr. Wright established an eponymous foundation and personally decides who shall be awarded funds. (I have noted that both Mr. Neukom and Mr. Wright favor bow ties, for whatever truth that may reveal.)

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=mccaw28&date=20030228

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Mar 10, 2003 1:13 pm ]
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Tickets for the June 28, 2003 opening gala are now available:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/theater/111564_tf110.shtml

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue Mar 25, 2003 10:54 am ]
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A progress report from R. M. Campbell in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical/113961_mccaw25.shtml

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Jun 19, 2003 11:20 am ]
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Several news items today in advance of the June 28, 2003 opening of Marion O. McCaw Hall.

1. R. M. Campbell provides an overview of the hall design in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical/127210_mccaw19.html

2. Also in the P-I, Sheri Olson critiques the architecture and interior design elements:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/visualart/127270_mccawarch19.html

3. Jim Brunner provides an update on the funding situation, in the Seattle Times:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/artsentertainment/135029038_mccaw19m0.html

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