The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg has received a $2.5 million gift from Michael F.B. Nesbitt that will support the construction of the Desautels Concert Hall, a new performing arts venue on the university’s Fort Garry campus.
“The Desautels Concert Hall will be the strategic capstone of the Taché Arts Project, the realization of a long-standing dream that will have a tremendous impact on our faculty, university, and community,” said Edward Jurkowski, dean of the Desautels Faculty of Music.
Nesbitt’s gift will equip the space with an orchestra pit and other acoustic design features that will support opera and musical theatre for the university. It will also serve as a first-rate performing arts venue for the greater community.
“It is important that this concert hall be enjoyed not only by the university but by the entire community,” said Nesbitt. “I invite everyone to ‘take your seat’ in the new concert hall by making a gift to support the new venue. There, you will sit among others passionate about what the arts can do for our community.”
This gift from Nesbitt brings the University of Manitoba closer to its $500-million fundraising goal for the Front and Centre campaign with a new total of $373 million.