La Jolla Light
Ashley Mackin
January 29, 2017

The Conrad breaks ground: New La Jolla Music Society facility to open in 2019

“Conrad (Prebys) supported many organizations in San Diego because he knew they were good for everyone. Supporting La Jolla Music Society he did for himself, out of love. He chose to support organizations when their mission hit him in the gut, this one hit him in the heart. Music was such an enormous part of his life … Conrad was so very proud and honored to help make this day happen,” said the late Prebys’ partner, Debbie Turner, after a seemingly endless applause, at the groundbreaking ceremony of The Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center, aka The Conrad. Prebys gave $15 million for the center’s construction before his passing in July 2016.

La Jolla Music Society (LJMS) broke ground on what will be its new permanent home at 7600 Fay Ave. on Feb. 1. The $76 million, 49,000-square-foot performing arts center is set to open in January 2019 and will feature a 500-seat concert hall, to be known as the Baker-Baum Concert Hall; a 140-seat flexible performance space, to be known as The JAI; new LJMS offices; rehearsal rooms; and a large open courtyard. LJMS’s former home, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is being torn down for a major renovation to quadruple its gallery space.””