Part of a plan to transform the university's East Campus Gateway, the center will house an 800-seat concert hall, a 350-seat recital hall, dressing rooms, green room, recording studio, and support services. The project was a top priority of outgoing chancellor John D. Wiley and includes many elements that will directly support the arts and humanities, including an expanded museum of art and a modernized Music Hall. Search for an architect for the new performance center will begin early next year, and the opening performance is planned for spring 2013.
"The halls we are looking to build will not only give our students and faculty the opportunity to perform and record in truly world-class spaces, but will also be of a size and nature as to serve a completely complementary role with the bigger halls in the [city's] Overture Center," said UW School of Music director John Schaffer. "What is most amazing is that there are individuals who still value the fine and performing arts to such a high degree that they are willing to give so generously."