Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music to break ground on new music and opera building

Rice University's Shepherd School of Music plans to break ground on a new music and opera building in September 2017, pending completion of the funding initiative. The new structure designed by Allan Greenberg Architect LLC will be connected by a plaza to the school's current facility, Alice Pratt Brown Hall and will form Rice’s Music and Performing Arts Center. The new building is expected to be open to students and the general public in July 2020. The new center will be "a transformative addition to the Shepherd School, the opera program and the greater university,” said Shepherd School Dean Robert Yekovich. The center will “energize Rice’s campus at the west end of its Inner Loop,” he said. “The center will offer premium performance space for opera, chamber orchestra, chamber music and theater; meet the growing need for rehearsal and practice

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