REVIEW: Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center opens with some pomp, much circumstance

The San Diego Union-Tribune
George Varga
April 6, 2019

Hello, Conrad! Goodbye, Sherwood!

Two years and 17 days after the La Jolla Music Society held its final concert at the now-defunct Sherwood Auditorium, a new era began Friday night with the gala grand opening of the society’s state-of-the-art Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

The 49,000-square-foot center, otherwise known as The Conrad, was designed and built at a cost of $82 million, all but $700,000 of which had been paid for before its doors even opened. That is a formidable feat for any nonprofit arts organization. The fact that The Conrad was underwritten entirely by private donors, without a penny of public funding, is even more notable.

Or as Katherine Chapin, the society’s board chair told the sold-out audience Friday: “Tonight, we are standing in the future we dreamed of.”

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