The building will be ready in
fall 2005, and that gives us three months to get the kinks
out before any public appearances. That evening, we will have
a very traditional black-tie event, which will be our last
big effort to raise the money to pay for this building.
The opening night gala will be Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006. The
star of that evening will be international opera star and
distinguished Titan alumna Deborah Voigt. We’ll have
a traditional volunteer committee overseeing the event, which
will include a dinner beforehand in the Titan Student Union
–decorated like a formal ballroom.
The concert will be “Deborah and Friends” in
the Vaughncille Joseph Meng Concert Hall. She has developed
a cabaret show and it’s going to be directed by Dean
Hess. The University Orchestra will be involved, as well as
the University Singers. We’re expecting to sell out
well ahead of the event.
We have three other performance venues that we’re going
to premier the next day. It will involve performances in the
James D. Young Studio Theatre, the Hallberg Black Box Theatre
and the McGarvey Family Dance Studio.
We’ll have the building dedication Friday, Jan. 13,
open house and a community open house, so the opening isn’t
just the black-tie gala. There will be several events that
will get people involved.