Centenary Dedicates First Part of Multi-Phase Arts Complex; New $6 Million Project Includes
Two New Buildings -- Anderson Choral Building & Feazel Instrumental Hall -- & Renovations to Hurley Music Building
See photos from the dedication event
SHREVEPORT – Music was in the air
– both literally and figuratively – Thursday (Oct. 10, 2002) as Centenary
College of Louisiana dedicated two new buildings and showcased newly renovated
spaces in its Hurley Music Building.
President Kenneth L. Schwab led an
11 a.m. ceremony dedicating the college’s new $6 million Anderson
Choral Building and Feazel Instrumental Hall as well as the renovated and
renamed Anderson Auditorium, formerly called the Hurley Recital Hall. The
event also honored the benefactors of the complex and showcased student musicians
who will use the spaces.
Honored for providing the support
that made the projects possible were Mr. and Mrs. William G. Anderson,
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Feazel Anderson, Dr. Alberta E. Broyles, all of Shreveport,
La., and Dr. Nancy Mikell Carruth of Bunkie, La.
Construction, which is nearing completion,
began August 2001 on the first portion of a multi-phase, 140,000-square-foot
arts complex at Centenary. The first phase, some 29,000 square feet, includes
the Anderson Choral Building with a dramatic lobby/atrium that will serve
the existing and future complex; the oval-shaped Feazel Instrumental Hall; renovations to the existing recital hall/auditorium; a mechanical
plant building planned to serve the entire arts complex; and site improvements
that include better access, more parking, landscaping and site lighting.
The Anderson Choral Building includes
the 2,000-square-foot Carruth Choir Room, the 1,300-square-foot Broyles
Choral Room and the Harvey and Alberta Broyles Choral Lounge. The building
includes a large sound-proof practice room that electronically simulates
different acoustic conditions. Dressing rooms and additions to back-of-stage
areas for the existing auditorium will enhance the use of the Hurley Music
Building’s performance venue. The lobby of the Choral Building is a dramatic
public space that will serve the existing and future theatres and museum.
The 3,000-square-foot Feazel Instrumental
Hall is designed to allow tuning of the room for various performance requirements.
The ceiling and wall panels of this room are artistically and functionally
designed to work with electronically controlled draperies in making the
room's acoustics flexible. This will be an uplifting space for rehearsal
and performances. Community groups are also expected to use the space
on a regular basis.
The Anderson Auditorium renovation
includes new seating, flooring and lighting. The stage is enlarged and
refinished with new flooring and wall panels. The result is improved acoustics
for the recital hall. The wing spaces have been revised and a new lighting
control system has been installed. The recital hall aesthetic and functional
improvements will enhance the experiences for both performers and audience.
For the first time, reserved seating will be available to audiences.
The dedication ceremony began with
a presentation by the Centenary Brass Quintet, conducted by Dr. Thomas
Stone. Chaplain Betsy Eaves delivered a prayer of dedication. Unveiling
the names of the Anderson Choral Building named in memory of G. M. “Jake”
and Dr. Gertie Anderson were William G. and Grace Brantley Anderson and
their family, along with Dr. Gale Odom, dean of the Hurley School of Music;
vocal music professors and choral directors/conductors Dr. Will K. Andress, Dr. Julia Thorn and Dr. Horace English. At the same time, those unveiling the Feazel Instrumental
Hall signage were Henry Feazel and Frances Cole Anderson and their family,
along with instrumental professors Dr. Eric McIntyre and Dr. Stone. The
Feazel Hall is named in memory of Cynthia Day Feazel and Lallage Feazel
Wall. The College named the Anderson Auditorium in honor of Mr. and Mrs.
William G. Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Anderson.
Following the ceremonies, music students
hosted tours of the new spaces, including stops at the newly named Dr.
Alberta E. Broyles Choral Room, the A. Harvey and Alberta E. Broyles Choral
Lounge and the Nancy Mikell Carruth Choir Room. A reception was held in
the Broyles Choral Room.
During the afternoon, the Centenary
Board of Trustees held its quarterly luncheon in the Carruth Choir Room;
heard a presentation by the Camerata Singers, conducted by Dr. Julia Thorn;
and held a business meeting in the Atrium.
The Morgan Hill Sutton and Mitchell
firm, with Kim Mitchell as the project architect, provided the architectural
services for the arts complex. Contractor is McInnis Brothers Construction.
Full use of the new facilities will take place during the spring semester.
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