UCSD's Conrad Prebys Music Center to open

UC San Diego will celebrate the grand opening of their new $53 million Music Center this weekend.

"Great spaces inspire great music," said Rand Steiger, a composer and chair of the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego. "The Conrad Prebys Music Center will be one of the best university music facilities in the country, and a place that will challenge and enable our already outstanding students and faculty to do everything they do better."

The Center features state-of-the-art teaching, rehearsal, practice and recording studios, and world-class performance spaces including a 400-seat concert hall designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects in collaboration with world-renowned acoustician Cyril M. Harris.

The destination facility is located in the heart of the campus.

"The Conrad Prebys Music Center sets the stage for the future of our Department of Music," said Marye Anne Fox, UC San Diego Chancellor. "Featuring one of the finest concert halls in the world, the Music Center will become the premier center for education and innovation in new music. We thank our generous donors and department leadership for their vision and for making this center a reality."

Opening concerts, May 8 and 9, will feature performances and compositions by distinguished faculty members-including works by Steiger, Philippe Manoury, Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Reynolds and Guggenheim Fellowship recipients Anthony Davis and Lei Liang, along with performances by Aleck Karis, Susan Narucki, Steven Schick and others. Works were chosen to highlight the special qualities of the extraordinary Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

Scheduled events include:

Opening Night Gala Concert

Friday, May 8, 7:00 p.m.

Public Open House

Saturday, May 9, Noon-4:00 p.m.

Encore Performance of Opening Night Concert

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 p.m.

Ticket information and other details are available at

music.ucsd.edu

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