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Take a Seat, or Two:
UC San Diego Has the
Ideal Gift for Arts Lovers

December 17, 2008

By Judy Piercey

If you’re wondering what to give the arts lovers in your life this holiday season, UC San Diego’s Department of Music has the answer. For a limited time, the department is offering the opportunity to honor or remember friends and family with a gift that will last a lifetime.  For $1,000, or $5,000 for premium seating, a personalized plaque will be attached to the seat in what is destined to be one of the best small concert halls in the world.

Photo of UC San Diego’s new Music Center
The crowning jewel of UC San Diego’s new Music Center is the world-class, 400-seat Conrad Prebys Concert Hall designed by LMN Architects of Seattle and Cyril Harris, one of the most respected acoustical engineers in the world.

The Conrad Prebys Music Center—named in honor of local philanthropist Conrad Prebys to recognize his $9 million in gifts to the Department of Music—is nearing completion on the UC San Diego campus.  The facility, slated for opening in May 2009, will be the premier place to create and perform music in San Diego.  The Center’s crowning jewel is the world-class, 400-seat Conrad Prebys Concert Hall designed by LMN Architects of Seattle and Cyril Harris, one of the most respected acoustical engineers in the world.

Private gifts will help UC San Diego’s world-renowned Department of Music fund equipment needs, enhance programs and support students.  When concluded, the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall seat naming campaign is expected to raise nearly $1 million in critically-needed support.

“UC San Diego is already known internationally for our composition, computer music and percussion programs, among others,” said Rand Steiger, chair of the university’s Department of Music.  “The Conrad Prebys Music Center will bring additional attention, while inspiring us to new and greater levels of distinction.”

In addition to the Conrad Prebys Music Hall, the university’s new Music Center will also include: a black box theater; a 150-seat lecture/recital hall; professional recording studios; a large courtyard that doubles as a performance space; numerous practice rooms, teaching studios and offices; a large orchestral rehearsal room; percussion studios; and cutting-edge computer audio, video and networking technology throughout the Center.

Photo of The Conrad Prebys Music Center
The Conrad Prebys Music Center, slated for opening in May 2009, will be the premier place to create and perform music in San Diego.

The UC San Diego Department of Music has been recognized worldwide for its commitment to the “new” in composition and computer music. As the West Coast’s leading center for education and innovation, the department attracts students from around the world who wish to study with distinguished faculty, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Roger Reynolds, Guggenheim Fellow Anthony Davis and Steven Schick, director of the department’s celebrated percussion program.  Talented students take advantage of highly progressive programs grounded by a curriculum that also emphasizes the traditions and history of western music.

Gifts made to the Conrad Prebys Concert Hall seat naming campaign are tax deductible.  For information about supporting UC San Diego’s Department of Music, please contact Frank Teplin at fteplin@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-9050.

 

Media Contact: Judy Piercey, 858-534-6128


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