The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a lead gift from longtime supporter Joyce Linde for a new state-of-the-art music building.
The gift will enable MIT to build a facility that meets the current and future needs of its music program, including a new performance space. To be situated adjacent to Kresge Auditorium, which has served for decades as the primary performance venue for MIT music and theater arts productions, the new facility will include space for musical performances, practice, and instruction; a purpose-built performance lab; dedicated rehearsal rooms and additional student practice rooms; two student production labs and a music technology suite; and rehearsal space for the MIT world music program's Balinese orchestra, Gamelan Galak Tika, and Senegalese drumming ensemble.
Linde, along with her late husband, MIT alumnus Edward H. Linde ('62), is a longtime patron of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Learning Institute, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The couple previously endowed the Edward H. Linde Career Development Chair in MIT's School of Architecture and Planning and, through their family foundation, contributed $25 million in support of undergraduate financial aid at the university.
"Our campus hums with MIT people making music, from formal lessons, recitals, and performances, to the beautiful surprise of stumbling on an impromptu rehearsal in the Main Lobby after hours," said MIT president Rafael Reif. "Now, through a wonderful act of vision and generosity, Joyce Linde has given us the power to create a central home for faculty and students who make and study music at MIT — a first-class venue worthy of their incredible talent and aspirations. As a champion of the arts, Joyce knows the incomparable power of music to inspire, provoke, challenge, delight, console, and unify. I have no doubt the new building she has made possible will amplify the positive power of music in the life of MIT."
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