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Acoustic Project

With the opening of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts 25 years ago, musicians, singers, actors and dancers had access to a world class facility in which to perform. Patrons flocked to this spectacular facility to enjoy the many and varied performances. But a serious artistic shortcoming became very obvious. The acoustic enclosure (shell) used in the Atwood Concert Hall was actually designed and built for the Discovery Theatre. Because of budget restraints, the shell was modified and has been used in the Atwood all these years. This shell does not suit the Atwood either acoustically or visually.

As a significant and meaningful way to mark and celebrate the Center’s 25th Anniversary, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. has undertaken the job of raising the $1.67 million to design and build a whole new acoustic enclosure for the Atwood Hall and refurbish the Discovery Shell and move it back to that theatre.

The new Atwood Shell will significantly improve the acoustics in that hall and add to the artistic process for adults and children alike. Sherri Burkhart Reddick, Executive Director of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra said,

“We believe the new shell will ensure that the audiences will better hear and experience everything that occurs on stage. It will enable musicians to hear each other better and heighten their performances.”


To date we have raised 90% of the funds needed to complete the Acoustic Project and we would like to sincerely thank our lead donors, The Rasmuson Foundation, The Atwood Foundation, The Murdock Charitable Trust, the Carr Foundation, the Gottstein Foundation, the Estate of Jeannine Lyerly, the Cuddy Family, Bob and Jeannie Penney, and Ed and Cathy Rasmuson.



Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Acoustic Project
Current Atwood enclosure to be installed into the Discovery Theatre



Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Acoustic Project
New Atwood Acoustic Shell to be unveiled September 27th, 2014

PLAY YOUR PART

The last 10% of any fundraising campaign is sometimes the hardest to achieve and you can participate in helping to raise money for this impactful artistic and community project.

On September 27th, the brand new shell in the Atwood (designed by Scott Bohne, RIM Architects) will be unveiled with its inaugural performance by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra featuring the preeminent Russian pianist, Ms. Olga Kern who will play the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1. All donors to the project will be invited to attend a reception that evening to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment. Donors of $500 or more will be included in the permanent donor recognition installation outside the Atwood Hall.

This much needed Acoustic Project will, indeed, allow the hundreds of musicians and singers who perform at the Center to hear themselves better and, in turn, heighten their performance. The new, heavier shell will help to eliminate the “dead” spots throughout the Atwood Hall allowing the audience to better hear and experience everything that occurs on stage. The Acoustic Project is a lasting gift for the entire community.




Donate To the Acoustic Project

To donate, you may also contact Jayna Combs, Director of Marketing and Development at 263-2923, or by email at jcombs@alaskapac.org


To learn more about the Acoustic Project: Myalaskacenter.com/25/acoustic_project.php



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