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Orpheus in ManhattanWilliam Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life$
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Steve Swayne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.001.0001

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Twenty-Five. The Potemkin Center

Twenty-Five. The Potemkin Center

(p.376) Twenty-Five. The Potemkin Center
Orpheus in Manhattan

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One of Schuman's original dreams for Lincoln Center was a summer festival that would take advantage of the Center's air-conditioned halls. In 1967, Schuman's Lincoln Center Festival became a reality. He also explored the possibility of composing a major work for the nation's bicentennial, but his early efforts came to naught. At the same time, two of the constituents at Lincoln Center—the ones devoted to Music Theater and Repertory Theater—indicated problems in their ability to operate. Schuman proposed the possibility of a film constituent and a chamber music constituent, much to the frustration of some of the directors of the Center. This chapter also looks at Schuman's success as a public speaker and Rockefeller's early intimations that Schuman was running the risk of being let go.

Keywords:   Lincoln Center Festival, Music Theater, Repertory Theater, Film Society, Chamber Music Society, John D. Rockefeller III, public speaking, American bicentennial

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