The gift, the largest ever received by the college, will create the John G. Turner and Jerry G. Fischer Center for Opera at LSU and enable the renovation of the LSU School of Music Recital Hall, the college's most-used performance space.
Turner and Fischer have supported opera programs worldwide, including the Houston Grand Opera and programs in Santa Fe, New York, Germany, and London, and have made gifts in support of twenty initiatives within the College of Music & Dramatics Arts, including several dedicated to the success of LSU Opera.
Turner, a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, and Fischer, an LSU alumnus, have made the university a philanthropic priority for more than two decades and, in addition to the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, have provided support for the LSU AgCenter, the College of Art & Design, the College of the Coast & Environment, the College of Human Sciences & Education, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural Science and School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation.
"John and Jerry are visionary philanthropists who exemplify the transformational power of passion meeting purpose," said College of Music & Dramatic Arts dean Todd Queen. "Their leadership within the College of Music & Dramatic Arts began with volunteer roles on our Patrons of the LSU Opera Board. In the twenty years since then, they have consistently invested in our people and productions, preparing our students to work alongside the industry's best on stages worldwide and enabling us to continue to attract and retain the most outstanding faculty in the industry."