17. May 2010 · Comments Off on New Concert Hall for Stanford · Categories: News

At a time when arts organizations and universities are struggling to pay their bills, Stanford University is tuning up to break ground on the campus’ first true concert hall with world-class acoustics financed by $112 million in private gifts.

The 844-seat Bing Concert Hall — a new home for Stanford Lively Arts’ live musical performances — will accommodate everything from soloists to full orchestras.

It will become the cornerstone of an ambitious 21st-century “arts district” at a school that is sometimes nicknamed “Stanford Tech,” more famed for science and software than Sibelius. And it’s a reminder of Stanford’s prestige and financial reach — tapping into a network of well-heeled benefactors in an economy that has paralyzed arts and education funding across the country.

“It says very loudly that the arts are important at Stanford and we want to do them well,” said Kären Nagy, the university’s assistant vice president for the arts.

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I must confess that when I hear about Stanford University I rarely think about their music program. Guess I’ll have to check ’em out when this new hall is built!

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