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Western’s newest jewel: the Visual & Performing Arts Center (VPAC)

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The countdown is underway for the official opening of the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus! Beginning this fall, our music, theatre and art students will have the opportunity to perform, exhibit, rehearse, practice and study in a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility.

At 130,000 square feet, this uniquely designed facility is divided into three distinct wings: Theatre Arts, Music and Visual Arts, all connecting together in the stunning lobby with a ramp bridge that appears to float high above.

Art students will benefit from light shining through double-height, northern-exposed windows in the spacious painting and sculpture studios. They will work in photography and graphic design studios equipped with both the latest computer technology and the legacy technology of traditional film development. The Art Gallery features northern-exposed light, a Panelock 200 display system, all atop end-cut maple flooring.

Music students will rehearse and perform in the Concert Hall, which features a tri-level, in-the-round seating experience for an audience of up to 350; variable acoustics; state-of-the-art performance audio and lighting; 5:1 HD recording and two Concert Grand pianos: a Steinway Model “D” (Hamburg) and a Yamaha CFX, the flagship of the Yamaha concert piano line. A recording studio will house WCSU’s new Audio and Music Production degree program and features a Solid State Logic Duality audio console — the finest in the industry.

Theatre students will perform on the facility’s Main Stage Theatre and Studio Theatre — both loaded with technology and functionality beyond many Broadway venues. Two theatre rehearsal studios, both equipped with audio/visual technology and sprung dance floors complement the university’s increasingly popular musical theatre program. Dressing rooms, practice rooms and individual Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts studios are all incorporated into the spaces, designed for students so they may experience a professional-quality arts education.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Gala Opening Celebration

Classes will begin on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, followed shortly thereafter by the official ribbon cutting with state dignitaries and invited guests taking place on Thursday, Sept. 4. A Gala Open House will be held on Sunday, Sept. 28, and will feature the facility’s performance, exhibition and studio spaces being fully utilized by students, faculty and staff — creating a true “behind the scenes” look at the building in action.

That’s not all; the celebration will continue all year. On Thursday, Oct. 2, the Art Gallery will open with an exhibition of the works of Connecticut artist James Grashow. The Main Stage Theatre will light up on Friday, Nov. 14, with a production of Little Women, the Broadway Musical, directed by Julio Agustin Matos Jr. The Concert Hall will open on Friday, Dec. 5, with the Jimmy Greene Quartet and WCSU Jazz Combos.

The new facility was designed by an award-winning team of architects and technical consultants, including the architectural firms of Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture and Amenta/Emma as well as JaffeHolden (Acoustics) and Fisher Dachs Associates (Theatre). 


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