Fundraising for a new $75 million concert hall in St. Paul’s Ordway Center complex is two-thirds complete, and officials hope to begin construction of the 1,100-seat facility in the spring.
When finished in 2014, the concert hall will become home to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and will provide more flexibility for other city performance groups.
The new concert hall will replace the 306-seat McKnight Theatre in the Ordway complex. A 1,900-seat music theater is the Ordway’s main performance space.
The Arts Partnership, made up of the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Schubert Club, announced today that they have commitments for $51 million of the $75 million needed for the project. They hope to complete fundraising by the end of March 2012, so construction can begin in the spring and be completed by early 2014.
The group said it recently received an anonymous donation of $5 million for the project; also, they said corporate and foundation funders have committed $19.1 million; individual funders have committed $13.475 million; the City of Saint Paul has committed $3 million and the State of Minnesota has committed $16 million in bonding funds.
The new concert hall will help ease scheduling crunches for the groups that use the Ordway, said Patricia A. Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ordway:
“Scheduling the use of the Ordway is complicated, and it historically has been a difficult task to balance the needs of its four main users. The problem of access can be considered a sign of success, as there is more quality programming for the community than there is time in the Ordway. The new Concert Hall is a permanent solution to the scheduling challenge – benefiting all of the Arts Partnership organizations, but most importantly, the broader community.”