D.C.’s Kennedy Center to remain closed through August 8

Posted on: May 5, 2020

“Washington’s 14-week run of ‘Hamilton’ is the latest casualty of the coronavirus-related closures, as the Kennedy Center announced Monday that it will remain shuttered through at least Aug. 8,” writes Peggy McGlone in Monday’s (5/4) Washington Post. “Another spring highlight, the National Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Beethoven at 250’ celebration, set for May 28 through June 14 … will be rescheduled for some time next season. The number of events at the Kennedy Center that have been postponed or canceled now exceeds 1,000…. Kennedy Center president and chief executive Deborah Rutter described the move as necessary to ensure the safety of artists, staff and patrons…. About 250 staff members who were furloughed last month … will be out of work until at least June 7…. Health benefits will continue…. Some [senior-level] executives ‘will be furloughed on a rolling basis in the coming months,’ Kennedy Center spokesman Brendan Padgett said. [On] Saturday … the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra musicians … agreed to a 25 percent pay cut for the remaining weeks of guaranteed work this year … similar to the [previously announced] deal with the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra…. No decisions have been made regarding events past Aug. 8.”