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June 13, 2007
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Studios.jpg Dreyfuss & Blackford

Up until now, you may not have heard of the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts, but you'll be hearing more about it from this point on.

It’s the building going up at 14th and H streets, which will house the Sacramento Ballet, the Sacramento Opera, California Musical Theatre (Music Circus and Broadway Sacramento), and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra.

The name and designs by architectural firm Dreyfuss & Blackford were unveiled this morning after Joyce Raley Teel gave a $5 million donation to the project in honor of her late mother E. Clare Raley.

The four organizations will each have their administrative offices in the four-story, 47,000-square-foot structure, along with much-needed rehearsal space, classrooms, and the ballet’s Center for Dance Education.

The project has a budget of $25 million, and the complex is expected to be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2009.

Today's announcement comes on the heels of one earlier this month that the Joyce and Jim Teel Family Foundation would give an additional $5 million, on top of an earlier pledge of $8 million, to help fund a major expansion of the Crocker Art Museum. Local art benefactors Mort and Marcy Friedman also announced at that time that they would donate $5 million to the Crocker, bringing their total contribution to $10 million.

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