The Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary, Canada


The commission for this project was won entirely on the statement made by the leading teacher E. Agopian at the Faculty of Music, University of Calgary, and quoted under the Glenn Gould Studio, CBC, Toronto. The statement is so clear, that the architect Fred. Valentine of Culham - Pedersen -Valentine, Calgary, had no hesitation in our assignment for this chambermusic hall to be used both for invited concerts and for the faculties educational uses.

The architectural design is based upon genuine Canadian features in direct contrast to the Glenn Gould Studio, but acoustically they are comparable. The former Dean of U. of C.'s fine arts John Roberts expressed at the tuning session: "This is one of the most outstanding chamber music halls in Canada if not North America. It's a dream come true".

The inauguration took place on Nov. 2. 1997.

 

This hall was claimed by the Dean of the music department to be second to none in North America. The barn structure was well suited for this type of hall. Early lateral reflections are created by the cylindrical beams running along the sides. The stage features the same elements as in the Glenn Gould Studio, returning reflections towards the performers. This was the end of Canadian challenges I thought.