Overview

The UC Santa Cruz Division of the Arts proudly welcomes you to our state-of-the-art Music Center, set in the great meadow overlooking the Monterey Bay.

Neighboring the Performing Arts, Digital Arts and Baskin Visual Arts complexes, the $21 million center anchors a cluster of arts facilities located above the Great Meadow. The new facility offers a number of performance venues as well as classrooms and teaching studios outfitted with advanced audio-visual technology and with state-of-the-art digital audio, video, and recording systems.

The center is designed by award-winning Albuquerque architect Antoine Predock, known worldwide for creating buildings that blend in with their environment. Predock described the UCSC Music Center as a combination of "the poetic topographic elements of the UCSC campus --ravine, meadow, and rocky outcropping -- organized in a choreographed sequence to form a music village where the great meadow meets the edge of the redwood forest."

The UCSC building is arranged around a central plaza embracing stunning vistas of the tree-ringed meadow and the Monterey Bay. The center's courtyards, hallways, and sightlines evoke the gullies, canyons, and gentle slopes of the surrounding hillsides.

The Music Center is open daily 7:00 a.m. to 12 Midnight everyday excluding legal holidays.  Hours during the Winter Break and Summer Break are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The practice rooms are available during facility hours.

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Music Center Facts

Architect
Antoine Predock, FAIA
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Acoustical design
Ron McKay of McKay Conant Brook, Inc.,
of Westlake Village, California

Square Feet: 49,000

Facilities
396-seat Recital Hall
13 teaching studios
20 practice rooms
5 classrooms
recording studio
ensemble rehearsal room
60-seat performance studio
music library
percussion studio
office space

Building opened January 1997