Kathleen Marshall
(© Tristan Fuge)
Kathleen Marshall
(© Tristan Fuge)
Mayor Bloomberg will conduct the Encores! orchestra at the October 25 gala reopening of New York City Center following a historic renovation and modernization. Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall will direct the program.

Bloomberg's participation is a nod to the building's 1943 dedication ceremony when Mayor LaGuardia conducted the New York Philharmonic. The gala will celebrate New York City Center with performances, reminiscences and tributes by stars of dance and theater.

The event will kick off a celebratory season of new and expanded programming, festivals, exhibits, a special commission, and performances by world-class dance and theater companies.

The renovation, designed by Ennead Architects, LLP (formerly Polshek Partnership), has transformed the landmark building into a contemporary cultural center complete with modern amenities and enhanced historic details, from the mezzanine lobby's painted ceiling and murals to the auditorium's arabesque dome.

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