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Date: Oct 16, 2006
HOFSTRA DEDICATES NEW BUILDING DEVOTED TO DRAMA, MUSICHofstra University, Hempstead, NY - Hofstra University's newest academic building, which features state-of-the-art performance and rehearsal space, was formally dedicated on Wed., Oct. 18. The dedication included musical performances by Hofstra music faculty.
The 86,000-square-feet, $16 million structure features a 230-seat black box theater designed for dramatic productions that has a technical balcony, stage, and dressing rooms. The architecturally distinctive structure also contains an acoustically isolated band rehearsal hall that seats 120, two breakout rehearsal rooms, an extensive music library and storage facilities.
The building, which opened this fall, also contains additional office space and meeting rooms for music, speech, journalism, history and other faculty. While it contains no classrooms, the building has small conference rooms that are used by graduate and undergraduate classes.
The ribbon cutting was followed by remarks from Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz, Alan Kelly, Hofstra's Vice President for Development, and other University officials. Tours of the building followed the ceremony, and guests were invited to the large ensemble rehearsal room for a reception and special musical performances.
Tammi Hensrud and Marilyn Lehman, adjunct assistant professors of music, performed the "Cat" aria duet by Rossini. Blanche Abram, adjunct senior professor of music, and Marilyn Lehman, adjunct associate professor of music, performed a Mozart sonata on two pianos.
The new building was designed by Studio A Architects of New York and built by E.W. Howell Company of Westbury.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students find their edge to succeed in more than 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied human services, and honors studies, as well as a School of Law. With a student-faculty ratio of 14-to-1, our professors teach small classes averaging 25 students that emphasize interaction, critical thinking and analysis.