J. Patrick Hayes, founder of the Washington Performing Arts Society, died Sunday at George Washington University Hospital. He was 89.
The cause of death was given as sepsis, a type of infection.Hayes was born in New York City and grew up in Massachusetts. He was an alumnus of Harvard University.
Hayes was manager of the National Symphony from 1941 to 1947, with an absence for service in the Navy from July 1943 to January 1946.
In 1946 he founded the Hayes Concert Bureau, which was incorporated in 1965 as a nonprofit organization, the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Roger Stevens, founder of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, named the artist reception room off the Concert Hall after him.
In 1970, the University of Wisconsin established the "Patrick Hayes Collection" of papers, broadcasts, scripts, speeches and articles.
The performing arts society said that during his more than 40 years of presenting the world's greatest artists, he presented Marian Anderson in her first recital at Constitution Hall and in her farewell tour, and Arturo Toscanini in his farewell tour.