Open Letter: CC’s Wallace Auditorium as cultural resource and a home for The Chappaqua Orchestra

Monday, July 28, 2014
by Michael Shapiro

Dear Supervisor Greenstein:

As I have mentioned to several people in town government over many years, The Chappaqua Orchestra is in favor of the renovation of the Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing, and the auditorium thereafter being run by the Town or a not-for-profit corporation.  Properly renovated, the Wallace Auditorium could become the long desired home of the The Chappaqua Orchestra and other performing arts organizations.  Due to the very busy schedule at the high school, Greeley is not readily available for us.  Having a performing arts center at Chappaqua Crossing would also enliven the development by giving Chappaqua a priceless cultural resource, and the Chappaqua Orchestra a home.

I have asked Jerry Marshall, a renowned acoustical engineer (and long-time principal trumpet in our orchestra whose business has been located in Chappaqua for decades), to forward to me some recommendations of how the hall could become a first-rate performance space.  His recommendations are attached [below, in pdf form].

I would also welcome volunteering to help the Town in any way to help make the rebuilding of the Wallace Auditorium into Chappaqua’s premier performance venue.

Sincerely,

Michael Shapiro
Music Director and Conductor
The Chappaqua Orchestra

Report by Jerry Marshall, acoustical engineer, on rebuilding the Wallace Auditorium

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