Academy of Music to raise curtain on new building

June 8, 2008 10:56:28 AM PDT
A peek inside the Pennsylvania Music Academy's vacant library reveals an odd sight: a bust of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart enshrouded in bubble wrap.Mozart's installation is among several finishing touches to be completed. The academy is preparing to take the wraps off its new $25 million glass-and-stone building in downtown Lancaster. The curtain will formally rise Wednesday evening with a gala concert hosted by actress Claire Bloom.

The grand opening marks a major milestone for the academy, which had no permanent home when it first opened to 50 students in 1991. It now enrolls about 350 south-central Pennsylvania students, ranging from preschoolers to adults. It will have the capacity to grow to 600.

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