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East Lansing – Michigan State University is moving forward on plans for a $35 million Music Pavilion that will expand the school’s Music Building.

The project will increase the total facility space by more than 40 percent. An official groundbreaking is scheduled to take place in the fall. Since last year, the school says more than $11 million in private support has been secured toward a $17.5 million fundraising goal.

University Distinguished Professor of Jazz Bass Rodney Whitaker, director of MSU’s Jazz Studies program, says in a statement that the facility will “incorporate highly specialized and advanced acoustical engineering.”

The Music Building is home of the College of Music and opened in 1940. The last major addition was built in 1956 and it’s seen recent renovations to Cook Recital Hall and Fairchild Theatre.

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