Despite a valiant struggle, shooting victim John Friedmann, 71, director of the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority, Kansas City, died late Friday (Jan. 9) at Truman Medical Center. Friedmann was shot during a robbery attempt Dec. 28 and never regained consciousness (VT e-newsletter, Jan. 7). Friedmann had been executive director of the Authority since 1990 and a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers since 1962. A wake will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, and the funeral on Friday (16) at the O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home in St. Paul, Minn. 


Clear Channel Entertainment has announced a new marketing structure for its domestic Music division. CCE Music's new marketing department will be lead by Chief Marketing Officer Mark Campana. There will be four regional teams: the West led by Melanie Davis, the South by Brandon Lucas, the Midwest by Dave Clark, and the Northeast by Jim Steen. This senior regional leadership will support the 50 local Clear Channel Entertainment Music offices throughout the United States. In addition to the regional team, CCE has relocated Michelle St. John to Los Angeles in an effort to centralize its national marketing team in that city. Michelle will join Angie Diehl and Jolene Pellant, both of whom work out of the CCE Los Angeles office. Pamela Fallon will continue to anchor the national media efforts from the East Coast, based in the Clear Channel Music Boston office.

Contact: Pamela Fallon, (617) 547-0620


Luciano Pavarotti will begin his 2004 North American tour with a performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Feb. 28. This is the first North American date of Luciano Pavarotti's final worldwide tour, dates of which have not been announced yet. Pavarotti will be accompanied by a 66-piece orchestra conducted by Maestro Leone Magiera. Tickets go on sale Jan. 16 ranging from $125 to $800.

Contact: Michael Coldwell, (702) 699-8040


Seattle's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall exceeded expectations for its first six months of operation, hosting over 250,000 patrons for concerts, ballet, opera, banquets, meetings and weddings. The Hall's year-end total was 273,316 since its Grand Opening on June 28. For the six-month period, McCaw Hall has hosted 166 events, including 22 performances by Seattle Opera, 60 by Pacific Northwest Ballet, with concerts and shows by entertainers including the Blind Boys of Alabama, Barenaked Ladies, Mariah Carey and former President Bill Clinton, plus meetings, lectures, private parties, weddings and rehearsals.

Contact: Perry Cooper, (206) 386-1974