Rice U holds ceremonial groundbreaking for new music building

first_imgAddThis Return to article. Long DescriptionRendering of west facade of new music building. Photo credit: Rice Shepherd School of Music.“The new performing arts center will be an extraordinary addition to Rice and the city of Houston,” said Rice President David Leebron. “This new facility will do much to encourage and bolster the university’s arts education and activities and fits wonderfully into the emerging arts hub on the west side of campus.”“The Shepherd School of Music’s program is internationally renowned, with an orchestral program considered among the nation’s finest,” said Shepherd School Dean Robert Yekovich. “The opera program at the Shepherd School — home to stellar faculty, successful alumni and current students who are increasingly successful in the profession — is poised to join the orchestral program in this top tier. “The addition of such an exceptional performance space will further enhance our ability to realize this ambition.”Yekovich said that the new facility, along with the Moody Center for the Arts, will provide spaces for Rice’s growing portfolio of multidisciplinary performing arts programming as well as support some curricular offerings in the theater program in the School of Humanities.Located near the most frequently used entrance to campus, the new music building will be near Alice Pratt Brown Hall, home of the Shepherd School; the Anderson-Clarke Center, which houses the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies; the Moody Center for the Arts; and Rice’s athletic venues.“Through Shepherd School performances, our students and faculty share their extraordinary talents with a diverse range of attendees and make premier concert and opera experiences accessible to the Houston community at no cost, for nearly all performances,” Yekovich said. “All told, approximately 80,000 guests from across Houston and beyond attendat the Shepherd School annually, and we only expect that number to increase as we add additional capacity for performances in this new top-of-the-line facility. The addition of this building to this area of campus will enhance an existing hub on campus that is rich with opportunities for engaging constituents ‘beyond the hedges’ in a wide array of arts and cultural offerings.”Shepherd School alumni have performed in leading performance venues throughout the U.S. and abroad and have received top awards. For a list of distinguished alumni, visit https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG14839.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more