The Perfect Venue – Widespread Praise and Wow Moments Mark Opening of Musco Center for the Arts Widespread Praise and Wow Moments Mark Opening of Musco Center for the Arts

When Chapman University student Aviv Redlich ’17 stepped onto the stage of the new Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for

Singer and drummer on stage.

Delhi to Dublin performs at the Musco Center Open House.

the Arts, in the same spot where opera legend Plácido Domingo performed at the Center’s Grand Opening Concert and Gala two weeks before, it instantly became a highlight of his undergraduate career.

“It was just a wow moment,”  says Redlich, a member of Men of Harmony, a premier
club at Chapman that was among the student groups to perform during a recent Community Open House & Arts Festival at Musco Center.

“The stage is phenomenal.”

Indeed, Redlich’s reaction has been echoed by a steady stream of performers  and audience members alike since the Musco Center doors first opened in March. From Domingo and the Gala Cast and Chorus who helped christen Julianne Argyros Orchestra Hall; to Pacific Symphony musicians and renowned pianist Grace Fong, D.M., director of piano studies at Chapman; to the student and faculty cast of
e Merchant of Venice
, superlatives have been resonating throughout the 1,044-seat  venue.

Add critics to those heaping on praise.


Famed Tenor Placido Domingo thanks the crowd at the grand opening.

y World
used terms like “magnificent” and “stunning” in highlighting “the impeccable sophistication of the hall’s acoustics.”

On Gala night, President Jim Doti stood on the exterior balcony of the $84 million Center and raised his glass to honor Marybelle and Paul Musco as well as others who made possible “the newest crown jewel on the Chapman campus.” The moment culminated  a seven-year journey from dream to reality.

And now that the abbreviated Opening and Preview Season has concluded,  the University is finalizing plans for the Musco Center Inaugural Season, which will begin in the fall. For more information, visit

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