Sunday, April 09, 2006

building boom for performing arts?

Here is an interesting article regarding a recent building boom for the performing arts across college campuses.
We are in dire need of a new concert hall also.
Here is a quote from Leon Botstein in the article;
"When you have a great building, you are inspired to do something great," said Leon Botstein, conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and president of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, which opened a new arts center in 2003. "For us, the building had the immediate impact of raising the aspirations of everyone involved in the arts."

And here are a short list of buildings; The most unusual include Bard's Fisher Center, a Frank Gehry-designed, soaring, silver wing-like structure, and a new, $50-million theater complex that opened this fall at Williams. Other schools christening new theaters recently include Emory University in Atlanta ($37 million), and the universities of Denver ($70 million), Notre Dame ($64 million), Maryland ($128 million) and California, Davis ($46 million).

The University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami of Ohio and Sonoma State in California are among the many schools in various stages of planning and fundraising for new buildings. Princeton has opened a new theater and recently announced a $101 million gift for the arts.

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