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Center Takes Center Stage In Northern Virginia
VA (October, 2001) - After much anticipation, the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert
Hall and Arts Center opened to the public last month on the Alexandria campus
of Northern Virginia Community College. The Center features the breathtaking 1,000-seat
Mary Collier Baker Theater, the beautiful glass-enclosed Wachovia Forum, the intimate
Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery and Internet-ready seminar rooms.
discussions between the college and local arts groups in the early 1990's led
to the concept for a premier performing arts center on the Virginia side of the
Potomac River. As plans for the Center developed, details were added to the design
so that the building could accommodate large performance groups and off-Broadway
theater companies, yet remain remarkably affordable for local non-profit organizations.
A. White accepted the position as Managing Director of the Schlesinger Center
in May 2000. Dr. White has been involved in theatre production since 1972, working
as a master electrician, stage manager, production technician, lighting designer
and theatre teacher. While Dr. White spent eleven years in theatre management
before moving to the Schlesinger Center, she says the last year has entailed a
steep learning curve. "I've spent the last year meeting lots of people and
absorbing information. I've also spent a lot of time attending performing arts
events and learning about the local arts scene," said White.
the curtain rises on an exciting debut season at the Schlesinger Center, its two
resident companies - the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Arlington Symphony
- prepare to welcome audiences into their new home. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra
kicked off a five-concert series on September 22nd, followed by the Arlington
Symphony's opening gala concert on September 29th.
Center is named for the wife of former Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Energy
Dr. James R. Schlesinger. Mrs. Schlesinger was a violinist and board member of
the Arlington Symphony.
Despite her responsibilities
as a wife and mother of eight children, Mrs. Schlesinger worked tirelessly to
raise money for the Center, but never saw the dream become a reality - she died
of cancer in October 1995. In 1996, Dr. Schlesinger donated $1 million to name
the Center in his wife's memory.
Center will be dedicated on October 19th during a ceremony that will include local
dignitaries, members of the Schlesinger family and supporters of the arts throughout
For more information on the Schlesinger Center, please
contact Leslie White at (703) 845-6229 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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