Photo Album - Page 13

Photos by Fred Cerwick, 1972

Jim Buckner and Wayne Crow, practicing in the Exhibit Hall bandroom

Carver Hall (just to the north of Music Hall) was completed in 1969.
The large music appreciation classes (for non-majors) were held in the Carver auditorium.

Dr. Arthur Swift's office was moved to the back of Exhibit Hall for the 1968-1969
school year when Acton Ostling replaced him as the new Director of Bands.

In 1969, Mr. Ostling directed the ISU Symphony Band at the dedication ceremony for the new C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.  That concert was held in the auditorium lobby.  When they were building that Auditorium, the accoustics were horrible.  The workmen couldn't hear or understand each other even when they cupped thier hands and shouted to try and relay instructions to each other on different levels.  However, the design proved to be very sound, because, to everyone's relief, after the seats and aunusual ceiling were installed, it turned into a wonderful auditorium.

The following images and text are from the 1970 ISU Bomb.

C. Y. Stephens Auditorium serves as both theater and music hall on the Iowa State campus.  The undulating rhythm of exterior curves merely reflects what is happening inside.
     The $4.9 million dollar building represents 13,000 cubic yards of concrete wall and structural material.  This forms a neutral background for the cardinal red carpeting, and the 2,637 cold, orange, and cardinal chairs.  Multi-level continental seating eliminates center aisles and insures audience intimacy with the stage.  A special orchestra shell is used for concerts.  I hydraulic lift also brings the pit orchestra into position when needed.

     The magnificent seamless stage curtain is a gift of J. W. Fisher of Marshalltown, Iowa.  It was hand-woven on a gigantic loom in Japan.  The original design symbolizes the scientific enphasis of Iowa State.
     A five-channel stereophonic sound system tests the acoustical qualities of the massive concrete building's interior.
     Elevated exterior walkways join the gray, solar glass of the building to create a striking geometric effect by day and radiate a bright welcome at night.

C. Y. Stephens Inaugurated by N. Y. Philharmonic
     The building was on farmland, but this was no square dance.  The gala blacktie concert by the New York Philharmonic inaugurated Stephen's Auditorium and tradition at Iowa State.  People traveled from as far as Minnesota and Kansas to drift enraptured through the five-day festival of concerts.
     Seiji Ozawa, young Japanese conductor of the Philharmonic, led his orchestra through such delightful symphonies as mendelssohn's No. 4, A major, "La Mer" by Debussy, Ginastera's dances from the ballet, "Estancia," and Tchaikovsky's symphony No. 4, F minor.

Richard Koupal is pictured with a class in the choral rehearsal room (top floor of Morrill Hall).
The student in the center is Myrtle Wilson.

Director of Bands, Acton Ostling Jr.
His office was in the front (south end) of Exhibit Hall.

Martha Folts
Organ recitals were sometimes held in the Congregational Church
in downtown Ames because of the new organ.

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