Arthur Zankel Music Center
Posted: 01/08/2009Construction of the Arthur Zankel Music Center has continued since the site was cleared during the summer of 2007 and ground was broken. High points of the process included the arrival of massive steel beams to support the three-story structure, and a ceremonial “steel-raising” during the spring of 2008, when an additional gift from the estate of Arthur Zankel, as well as an economic development grant from New York State to support construction of the facility were announced.
Named in honor of longtime Skidmore trustee and parent Arthur Zankel, the facility will serve as a gateway to the arch of the arts quadrangle at the entrance to campus. The building will include a state-of-the-art, acoustically tuned 600-seat concert hall as well as practice rooms, offices, and other instructional facilities. It will also support a wide range of activities open to the general public and will serve as the primary venue for the Skidmore Jazz Institute; the New York State Summer Writers Institute; and the College’s new collaboration, Carnegie Hall Premiers, with The Academy — a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
The building is scheduled to open in January 2010, with a formal dedication planned in October 2010.
A Web site has been launched to celebrate the Arthur Zankel Music Center. To view images of the construction progress and events, or to find more information on the Center, click here to visit the website.
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