Struggling Pennsylvania Arts Center Announces Summer Schedule

Classic Arts News   Struggling Pennsylvania Arts Center Announces Summer Schedule
The Mountain Laurel Center for the Performing Arts in northeast Pennsylvania has announced a lineup of performances for this summer.

The outdoor venue in the Pocono Mountains, intended as the summer home of the Pittsburgh Symphony, has struggled since it opened in 2003, suffering from poor management, construction delays, and debt.

Earlier this year, officials decided to cancel the 2005 season and considered shutting down altogether. But a last-minute infusion of state and county funds has allowed it to attempt a recovery.

Highlights of the 29-concert season include the all-star jazz group Trio!, with bassist Stanley Clarke, banjo player B_la Fleck, and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty; the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra; the dance group Pilobolus; and two concerts by the New Jersey Symphony.

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