In addition to presenting performances, concerts and festivals from the local region and all across Canada, the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts will become the new home for the four creative arts departments at Queen’s University.
The new venue will facilitate and encourage inter-disciplinary and collaborative opportunities for the arts at Queen’s.
The School of Music, Department of Drama, Department of Film and Media and the Department of Art will share the exhibition, performance and teaching spaces within the Centre, and embrace the principle of interactivity and integration through common teaching rooms, joint courses, and shared public spaces and services.
The Queen’s Performing Art Office and Queen's Conservatory of Music will also showcase their annual concert series, bringing together all arts presented by the University.
Thirty years ago, I graduated from Queen's with a bachelor in performance on the French horn. I performed my graduation recital at Chalmers United Church because I wanted the sound to be superb for my final solo opportunity at Queen's. At that time, there was no venue at Queen's that had excellent acoustics - for players, let alone audience members. So the new Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts will give Queen's music students what they've lacked for so long - the opportunity to experience high-quality sound while they perform. This is incredibly important for students who aspire to play at the highest levels and shows the University's commitment to quality performance space as essential, not just to musical education, but to the people of Kingston and audiences from everywhere.
Loie Fallis, BMus'79, Toronto Symphony Orchestra