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.
Antoine Predock, FAIA
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ron McKay of McKay Conant Brook, Inc.,
of Westlake Village, California
Square Feet: 49,000
396-seat Recital Hall
13 teaching studios
20 practice rooms
ensemble rehearsal room
60-seat performance studio
Building opened January 1997