Orchestra Iowa announces the Opus Capital Campaign to expand and renovate the Symphony Center. The renovated facility, scheduled to open this fall, includes an additional 6,100 square feet made possible with the acquisition of the former Bruegger’s Bagels building. Additionally, the restored Symphony Center and the Paramount Theatre will be linked through three access points to complete the downtown Arts Campus.
The combined buildings’ ground floor will house the Orchestra’s recital hall, the School of Music’s large ensemble rehearsal studio, the Paramount Theatre’s pre- and post-event lounge, the central ticket office for both the Orchestra and Paramount Theatre, a visual art exhibition space, and be available to the public for meetings, conferences, events and performances of all types. New additions to the second floor School of Music will include three classrooms, a recording studio, and an archival suite.
Anchoring the facility is the Opus Concert Café, an upscale performance destination that will offer theatrical acoustics and lighting, as well as patron amenities such as restrooms, coat check, gathering space, bar, and café.
Orchestra Iowa will raise $3 million through the Opus Capital Campaign. In addition to building acquisition and construction costs, 20¢ of every $1 raised will be reinvested in the Orchestra through its permanent endowment fund and bridge campaign. Thanks to the Hall-Perrine Foundation and private leadership gifts, the Orchestra is just $1 million away from reaching its goal.
Individuals and companies wishing to make a contribution to the Opus Capital Campaign may send gifts to Orchestra Iowa, 119 Third Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.