Community leaders Daniel and Phyllis Epstein have pledged to give the University of California, San Diego a $ 10 million gift to support the construction of a new state-of-the-art amphitheater, a major step in the university’s plan to become an iconic destination.
In recognition of the gift, the 2850-seat auditorium will be called the Epstein Family Amphitheater.
The Epstein family has contributed to the diverse cultural life of the University and San Diego through the support of art institutions including ArtPower at the University of California, San Diego and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
“Given our commitment to music and the arts, and in particular to the University of California at San Diego, the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a first-rate amphitheater has resonated,” said Daniel Epstein. “The fact that someone can get off the Blue Line trolleybus and end up in the amphitheater speaks of opening the university to a much wider and more open circle of people, which is very interesting.”
Phyllis Epstein said: “Since the day we moved here 36 years ago, I have said that I will be collaborating with the university and it has brought me a lot of joy.
“I get a sense of surprise to learn about things that I did not even know existed. I am especially excited about the teaching and learning opportunities the amphitheater will provide to students and the community. Learning, having fun, discovering art – what is the best gift you can give? “
The open-air amphitheater will showcase performing arts featuring local and international talent in over 300 performances a year. Its specially designed acoustic envelope serves as a part of the stage, optimizing sound for a variety of productions, from large-scale rock concerts to classical quartets and theatrical dance. The projection equipment will provide visitors with an intimate overview of the performances, as well as allow the screening of films and live performances.
When it opens in the fall of 2022, the amphitheater will be a welcome entrance from the main trolley stop on the UC San Diego Blue Line campus.
“The Epstein Family Amphitheater is one step closer to making UC San Diego a place for arts, entertainment and culture, in addition to education and healthcare,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Hosla. “The ghostly gift of the Epstein family will provide the San Diego community with the opportunity to enjoy hundreds of performances every year. We are also committed to ensuring that underserved communities have free access to many of these views. ”
In addition to providing venues for talented people from all over the world, the university also seeks to use this space for its theater, dance, visual and music programs. The amphitheater will provide students with a new venue for performing and gaining hands-on experience in the live event industry.
Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons explained how the amphitheater aligns with efforts to strategically promote art in the university community: “UC San Diego’s highly acclaimed art programs have a robust history of aesthetic experimentation and public participation that makes us a leader among our peers. … … The Epstein Family Amphitheater will create additional opportunities for diverse artistic expression and advance our strategic goal of making UC San Diego an inclusive and welcoming place for arts and culture, supporting our mission to serve the wider community. ”
In programming the amphitheater, the university will place emphasis on dance, theater, and music that appeal to the broad and evolving interests of UC San Diego students, often free of charge. If an activity cannot be offered to students for free, the campus will ensure that prices remain affordable.
The new project will be able to meet the needs for tooling, audiovisual systems and radio broadcasting. Auerbach Pollock Friedlander is the theater consultant for the project.
Committed to the arts at the University of California, San Diego, the Epsteins have also strengthened university health and research. They supported a faculty fellowship at the Redy School of Management and research by internationally acclaimed Urology Chair Christopher Kane, M.D., and dedicated hours to the foundation council and other campus advisory boards.
This gift from the Epstein Family Foundation contributes to the Campaign for the University of California at San Diego, a comprehensive university-wide fundraising campaign that ends in 2022. Together with the charitable partners of the University of California, San Diego, the University continues its unconventional path towards revolutionary ideas, unexpected answers, and life-changing discoveries. and planet-changing influence. To find out more visit https://campaign.ucsd.edu/.