Monday, October 19, 2009

Big Gift Improves Crowden School's Acoustics

By Anneli Star Josselin Rufus
Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Thanks to a $350,000 gift from the Jacqueline Hoefer Trust, Berkeley's Crowden Music Center will name its forthcoming state-of-the-art performance and recording space the Jacqueline and Peter Hoefer Auditorium, Crowden's executive director Doris Fukawa announced today.

Architect Donn Logan of Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects will oversee the renovation in consultation with Berkeley's Meyer Sound, which will contribute its groundbreaking electroacoustic architecture system, Constellation.

The Hoefers were longtime supoorters of the arts. Known to friends as "the Poet of Lyon Street," Jacqueline Hoefer taught literature at UC Berkeley before helping Peter, a sculptor and inventor, found Hoefer Scientific Instruments. Peter died in 1987; Jacqueline died this July at age 83.

Crowden is a music school as well as a venue for workshops, master classes, and concerts such as the Sundays @ Four chamber music series.

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