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Duquesne University unveils state-of-the-art music recording, rehearsal, and performance facility


Duquesne University has unveiled the Dr. Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation.  The new 5,000-square-foot cutting edge recording and rehearsal space in the Mary Pappert School of Music is loaded with cool audiovisual equipment that will allow performances to be streamed live on the web. The facility was made possible with a $1 million grant from a donor in memory of their son who died suddenly at a young age.

Construction began last spring to convert what was previously a rather raw rehearsal space into a state-of-the-art multi-use music center, designed by architects Burt Hill, along with The Sextant Group and Duquesne faculty, with sophisticated acoustic paneling and carefully selected materials chosen to enhance all facets of sound performance. The center also features theatrical lighting and an audiovisual system with a 16 foot projection screen, audience seating for 150, a computerized podium, a mastering suite with a full range of mixing equipment, and a sound stage that can accommodate an 80 piece orchestra. The facility will host live streaming audio and video broadcasts of performances.

"This room will have a huge impact in Pittsburgh as we stream performances on the web. This building is an artistic and technological gem," says Edward Kocher, music dean for Duquesne University. "As far as we can tell, the Pappert Center will be the most advanced and fully equipped large space of its kind in the city. Creating a one-stop shop like this on campus has been a lifelong dream for our performance and music technology folks."

The Thomas D. Pappert Center for Performance and Innovation will have its public debut on October 2 with a reception and jazz concert, One More Time for Nick, at seven p.m.

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Source: Edward Kocher, Duquesne University
Writer: John Farley

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