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Levy ’66 Enters Debate on Culture

Reynold Levy '66, president of Lincoln Center, was quoted in an article titled “Diagnosis and a Second Opinion” from the Jan. 26 New York Times.

The article described a debate in the editorials of The Washington Post between Levy and Michael M. Kaiser, the president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Kaiser had written an editorial published in the Washington Post, in which he wrote: “The world of the performing arts is sick and needs attention.”

In his rebuttal, also published by The Post, Levy pointed out that despite the financial risks, the Philadelphia Orchestra opened the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in 2001, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will inaugurate Walt Disney Concert Hall this fall.

The article's author, Anthony Tommasini, gave his own opinions about cultural vitality or the lack thereof, and concluded, “Levy and Kaiser are not as far apart in philosophy as Kaiser seems to think. He should bag the 'sickness' metaphors and continue to lead by example.”