$50M gift will fund new UVA arts center

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia has announced plans for a new performing arts center funded by a $50 million donation.

University President Jim Ryan announced Friday that the gift is being made by Tessa Ader.

The news release said the new center for dance, concerts, theater and other performances will be in the area known as the Emmet-Ivy corridor.

While designs haven’t been completed, the university said the center will include a concert hall with more than 1,000 seats, a 150-seat recital hall and rehearsal studios.

The center will also host national touring artists.

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