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by Marvin Lee
on Oct 11, 2006
As David Gross, Portola Valley, wrote in his letter to the Editor of the Palo Alto Daily News, Wed., Oct. 11, the current Stanford Lively Arts series "is only an anemic cousin to its University of California at Berkeley counterpart, CAL Performances, a world class, highly successful fine arts enterprise." But there may be hope! After all the University did rebuild the football stadium. Stanford Daily, Oct 9,'06 Campus Concert Hall in the Works " Surprise donation announced before Rigoletto opera simulcas"t By Niraj Sheth" It is not Lincoln Center, but the University took one step closer toward being a cultural and arts hub Friday when it presented a free, live opera at Frost Amphitheater just hours after announcing a $50 million gift to build a new campus concert hall. The big news came before the first note was sung, as officials announced that Helen and Peter Bing had donated money to build a new world-class concert hall. The University hopes to make the hall the centerpiece of a new performing arts center on campus part of plans developed by the Stanford Arts Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort that aims to bring more resources and attention to the arts on campus. "We are grateful for such strong and early support for the arts initiative," said Assoc. Art Prof. Bryan Wolf, one of two co-directors of the Stanford Arts Initiative. "With this gift and others that we hope will follow we intend to transform the arts at Stanford." While the timing and details of construction have yet to be determined, the University plans to build the 900-seat concert hall and the rest of the performing arts space next to the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center." .....
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