BRONXVILLLE, N.Y. -- The Bronxville School celebrated the grand opening of its new auditorium with music and accolades, school officials said.
The celebration featured performances by members of the Bronxville High School’s chorus, orchestra, and band.
The PTA, Bronxville School Foundation, and private donors who were instrumental in the renovation project’s success, were recognized from the stage at the Wednesday, Dec. 16, event.
“This auditorium has been sorely needed for decades,” said school board president Denise Tormey.
Thanking the administration, the project’s lead architects, supporters, and donors, Tormey said “the finished product exceeds our most ambitious aspirations for this space.”
The state-of-the art performance venue and gathering space is, she said, “a shining example of what makes Bronxville special -- enormous generosity and boundless community spirit.”
District funds for the project (including the middle school science labs) totaled $7.5 million and were augmented by $2.5 million raised by the Bronxville School Foundation, Bronxville PTA and private citizens.
Originally built around 1925, the auditorium has been transformed into a multi-use, high-performing theater with new seating configurations, balconies, theater, air-conditioning, and lighting and acoustic enhancements.
The auditorium’s original windows and proscenium were restored and a new lobby addition built.
Designed to be energy-efficient, the project was designed by KG&D Architects and supervised by Park East Construction.
Superintendent Dr. David Quattrone praised the administrative team who, he said, had to demonstrate "creativity and flexibility" during a two-year construction period that took the auditorium offline.
Quattrone also thanked the entire community for its support.
“Every resident of Bronxville contributed to this project through their taxes, and we are grateful for that broad and deep support, not only for public education in general, but for the performing arts in particular,” he said. “It’s an important statement about what we value.”
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