Woodruff Arts Center, home to Atlanta Symphony, reaches half-century mark

Posted on: May 18, 2018

“The Woodruff Arts Center is turning 50 years old this year,” writes Maria Saporta in Friday’s (5/18) Atlanta Business Chronicle (Georgia; subscription required). “President and CEO Doug Shipman, at the Woodruff Arts Center board meeting on May 14, unveiled some of the 50th anniversary celebrations and events. He also invited interested board members to work on a strategic vision for the center … ‘to help us think through how the complex fits in Midtown and the ecosystem of the city,’ Shipman said. Inevitably, one centerpiece of the strategic vision will be over plans for a new or completely redone Symphony Hall as well as the future for the center’s other divisions, the High Museum of Art and the Alliance Theatre…. ‘It’s astonishing to realize that our entire campus—from the original Memorial Arts Building to the new Alliance Theatre—was built almost entirely from private donations … an incredible tribute to Atlanta’s generosity and to its belief in the importance of the arts,’ Shipman said…. The 50th anniversary celebrations will kick off Sept. 20, when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra opens its season with Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto and end Dec. 10 with a special event for Woodruff Arts Center donors, board members and community leaders.”

Posted May 18, 2018

Pictured: Atlanta Symphony Hall lobby in the Woodruff Arts Center. Photo by Jeff Roffman