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Daniel and Phyllis Epstein donate $ 10 million to build a state-of-the-art amphitheater at the University of California, San Diego

Rendering of the Epstein family amphitheater at the University of California, San Diego. Credit: Safdie Rabines Architects.

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.

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