Kennedy Cen­ter gets large gift

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar -

Kennedy Cen­ter chair­man David Rubenstein an­nounced a $10-mil­lion gift to the per­form­ing arts com­plex Wed­nes­day to sup­port the Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s new mu­sic di­rec­tor and the cen­ter’s pro­grams.

The Car­lyle Group co­founder said half of the fiveyear com­mit­ment would be de­voted to the or­ches­tra to cel­e­brate Christoph Eschen­bach’s ar­rival. The new mu­sic di­rec­tor is plan­ning some larger-scale projects, in­clud­ing tour­ing and record­ing.

Rubenstein, of Bethesda, Md., be­came chair­man in May af­ter serv­ing on the board for six years.

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