The Carucci Group was excited to learn recently that friend and client Ernie Boch Jr. purchased the naming rights to the Wang and Shubert theaters. For ten years, the naming rights of the theater belonged to Citigroup, but when the bank left the city it was clear that their support for these historic landmarks for the performing arts would be left without a partner. That is until Ernie Boch Jr. stepped up. The terms of the partnership have not been disclosed, but it’s estimated that this is a multi year partnership that will greatly benefit the Boston performing arts scene.
In a recent Boston Magazine article, Boch said, “My family has a long history in celebrating all genres of music and a great respect for the power of the performing arts. The Wang and Shubert are magnificent theatres with great historical value but it’s the programs they provide to the community that are truly inspiring. We’re deeply vested in the cultural and artistic vibrancy of Boston and I’m thrilled be a part of such an important legacy.”
Ernie Boch Jr. is known throughout Boston and New England for having continued his father’s legacy as an astute businessman, further growing the Boch and Subaru of New England automotive empires. More than that, he’s also known for being extremely generous philanthropically, especially when it comes to ensuring that music programs are protected within schools and communities. He founded Music Drives Us, which is a registered 501(c)(3), nonprofit supplying grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages. They seek out organizations and individuals interested in using music as a tool to better the lives of people in all segments of society.
Michael Carucci said about the naming rights, “Boston is a world class city because of the diverse arts and culture, and we are lucky to have a visionary like Ernie Boch Jr. who is willing to invest in keeping performing arts programs thriving. Thanks to people like Ernie, we need not jet to NYC for a Broadway show because he’s used his name and generosity to anchor Broadway caliber performances right in our own back yard. Ernie has been a personal friend and client for a better part of my life and so I’ve seen first-hand how deeply he cares about making a difference. This city has gained much more than just naming rights to a theater, Boston has gained a true friend and advocate in Ernie Boch, Jr.”
The Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theater, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education initiatives include the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.