Miami Performing Arts Center and Presenter Suspend Merger Talks

Classic Arts News   Miami Performing Arts Center and Presenter Suspend Merger Talks
Four months after the new Miami Performing Arts Center and the Concert Association of Florida announced that they would merge, the two organizations have put the plan on hold, the Miami Herald reports.

CAF, the largest presenter of classical music and dance in South Florida, and the new $450 million center said in September that they would combine their administration and fundraising operations.

But Judy Drucker, the president of CAF, and Michael Hardy, the president of the arts center, told the Herald that they had decided to suspend merger talks until the spring of 2007, after the Cesar Pelli-designed center opens its doors this fall.

"We decided the additional work of taking on the management of CAF at such a busy time wasn't a good idea," Hardy said.

The CAF remains one of several resident companies at the center, and will present concerts there next season.

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