New president for LA Music Center

Posted on: June 19, 2015

“Rachel Moore, a former dancer and the longtime top business executive of New York’s American Ballet Theatre, will be the next president and CEO of the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles,” writes Mike Boehm in Thursday’s (6/18) Los Angeles Times. The Music Center is home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, and Center Theatre Group. “She replaces Stephen Rountree, who resigned in December after 13 years.” Moore begins on October 5. “ ‘My big-picture idea is that the Music Center serve as the heart of downtown, the heart of Los Angeles,’ Moore said…. She prides herself on being able to ‘demystify’ the arts for prospective donors from the business community and vice versa…. The Music Center hopes county government will fund a large chunk of the cost of long-deferred renovations to its oldest venue, the 51-year-old Dorothy Chandler Pavilion…. Early in her tenure at ABT, Moore had to make difficult calls akin to what the Music Center recently has faced. She instituted layoffs in her first year on the job…. By the end of 2005 … the dance company’s endowment had risen from $8 million to $15 million in the two years since she’d arrived.”

Posted June 19, 2015