Atlanta Symphony Waiting on Public Funds for New Hall

Classic Arts News   Atlanta Symphony Waiting on Public Funds for New Hall
The Atlanta Symphony remains unsure whether it will get the $100 million it has requested from the state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta for its new $300 million concert hall, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

With a newly announced $5 million gift from the Wachovia Foundation, the ASO has now raised $103 million for the Symphony Center. If sizeable public funds are not provided, however, the new hall, a 2,000-seat auditorium topped with two swooping "leaves," may never be built.

The hall was designed by Santiago Calatrava, an architect best known for his curvaceous train stations and other transit buildings.

Georgia governor Sonny Perdue may provide for the Symphony Center in his 2006 budget next month. But Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin told the Journal-Constitution, "We don't have nearly that much money." The mayor said that the city is exploring alternate ways to help finance the hall.

The ASO released a study in September asserting that the new hall would generate $2 billion in economic activity over the next 15 years.

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