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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Kennedy Center captures stars for Kaiser's 10th anniversary

By Jacqueline Trescott

Joshua Bell, Smokey Robinson and Christoph Eschenbach will appear at the Kennedy Center. (Chris Lee, Margot Schulman, Tracy A. Woodward/Post)

To mark the 10th anniversary of Michael M. Kaiser's tenure at the Kennedy Center, the celebrants have gathered a few of his favorite people.

Due at the center on April 3 are Joshua Bell, Barbara Cook, Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Adding to the impressive line-up are Marcelo Gomes and Paloma Herrera of American Ballet Theatre and dancers from New York City Ballet. The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by music director Christoph Eschenbach, will perform.

The evening, the center announced Tuesday, will be hosted by Smokey Robinson, a former Kennedy Center Honoree, who hopefully will be persuaded to sing one of his signature songs.

Though Kaiser marked his actual decade anniversary in January, this date is the center's annual spring gala which is now called "Michael Kaiser at the Kennedy Center: A Celebration of Ten Years."

The black-tie event raises money for the center's performances, education programs and outreach initiatives. Kaiser has founded a number of arts management training seminars, carrying the center and the Kaiser brand around the world.

The center also announced Tuesday that the gala will be co-chaired by Adrienne Arsht, Betsy DeVos, Alma Gildenhorn, Helen Henderson, Ann Jordan, Alma Powell, Catherine B. Reynolds and Vicki Sant.

The last decade at the center has been crammed with international festivals--China, India and 22 countries in the Arab World--celebrations of icons in the theatre--Stephen Sondheim and August Wilson--and new partnerships with the Bolshoi Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet and Opera.

Tickets for the concert only range from $35 to $150. Single tickets for the gala package, which includes the concert, dinner and receptions, start at $1,000.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 1, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Kennedy Center  | Tags:  Audra McDonald, Barbara Cook, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Joshua Bell, Kennedy Center, Michael Kaiser, Renee Fleming  
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