Ives Festival Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, Oct. 11 –

7 p.m.

Free

The countdown is underway for the official opening of the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus. Beginning this fall, Western’s music, theatre and art students will have the opportunity to perform, exhibit, rehearse, practice and study in a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility.

At 130,000 square feet, this uniquely designed facility is divided into three distinct wings: Theatre Arts, Music and Visual Arts, all connecting together in the stunning lobby with a ramp bridge that appears to float high above.

Music students will rehearse and perform in the Concert Hall, which features a tri-level, in-the-round seating experience for an audience of up to 350; variable acoustics; state-of-the-art performance audio and lighting; 5:1 HD recording and two Concert Grand pianos: a Steinway Model “D” (Hamburg) and a Yamaha CFX, the flagship of the Yamaha concert piano line. A recording studio will house WCSU’s new Audio and Music Production degree program and features a Solid State Logic Duality audio console — the finest in the industry.

Classes will begin on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, followed shortly thereafter by the official ribbon cutting with state dignitaries and invited guests taking place on Thursday, Sept. 4. A Gala Open House will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28, and will feature the facility’s performance, exhibition and studio spaces being fully utilized by students, faculty and staff — creating a true “behind the scenes” look at the building in action.

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And while there will be a number of scheduled university events in the facility’s concert hall during the month of September, the first professional performance will be part of Ives Concert Park’s Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series, when the Ives Festival Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Visual and Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. The program will feature light classical music, including Strauss’ “Overture from Die Fledermaus,” Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” Marquez’s “Danzon No.2,” and more. Dr. Fernando Jimenez will conduct.

The performance will be free and open to the public.

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