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Alpert donates $15M to CalArts

Posted: April 10, 2008 2:58 p.m.
Updated: June 11, 2008 5:04 a.m.
Eight-time Grammy award winner and A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert and his wife Lani Hall have made a $15 million gift to the School of Music at CalArts.

California Institute of the Arts President Steven Lavine said the school would be renamed the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts in recognition of this historic gift and the Herb Alpert Foundation's long-time support of CalArts.

"Herb and Lani stand with us in championing the individual artist, one who charts an independent creative course," Lavine said. "As artists themselves, Herb and Lani exemplify that same spirit of independent experimentation we nurture at CalArts."

Alpert recalls the moment he first sensed a connection to CalArts.

"I knew it the first time I walked around CalArts' campus - I could feel the energy and passion in the air," Alpert said. "Here was this place to take great leaps, to prepare artists to reach beyond what they know.
These are the artists who understand that art is what defines us - that it has the power to transform."

David Rosenboom, dean of CalArts' school of music, said he is grateful that the Herb Alpert Foundation supports CalArts and shares the school's vision that such a school is the best environment for the unfettered, creative evolution of music making.

"This gift strengthens our leadership in music education, preparing our young musicians with the increasingly flexible and ever-broadening set of skills they need to find their original voices, realize them in today's shifting professional environment, and then offer them as gifts to our global musical culture," Rosenboom said.


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