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Fund-Raiser Works to Bring Together Programs With Potential Supporters


From Dateline (October 28, 2004)

Q: What can you tell us about opening night January 2006?

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, a campuswide
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.


Q: Has anything been planned beyond opening night?
A: We plan to have an opening season. We’ve invited the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the John Alexander Singers to present special concerts during the first six months of 2006. And, we will bring some additional professional presentations duing non-schooltimes.

Q: Dean Samuelson is leading hard-hat tours for current and prospective donors. Do you plan to offer them to the rest of the campus?
A: We will have campus tours as construction progresses, but right now the building is very rough and because of safety requirements we can’t take more than 10 people at a time. We are using the tours as a premium to bring prospective donors – so they can really see the site and how incredible it’s going to be. As it gets farther along, which may be in six months, we will definitely have tours. The hard-hat tours came about because I saw the center one day and got so inspired that I said we had to get people in here. We want people to get so thrilled that they buy season tickets or single tickets. We want people on campus, as well as the Fullerton community, to be proud of this facility. Everyone should have a huge sense of pride and ownership. It’s going to be a premier educational facility, as well as an entertainment facility.



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