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04/22/02 - Annual Celebration Event Called "Spectacular," "Most Impressive" And "Refreshing"

"In a word, it was spectacular," said Barbara Ellis, Reinhardt Alumni Board of Governors member, of the College's Celebration Event, held April 21, 2002, in its new Floyd A. and Fay W. Falany Performing Arts Center. "It was a first-class event, just wonderful."

Canton Mayor and Reinhardt Trustee G. Cecil Pruett called the well-attended evening, "most impressive. The presentation of evening was absolutely outstanding, and the facility is almost beyond description. The Falany Center is something of which we can all be very, very proud."
Cherokee County Arts Council Executive Director Lori Jenkins agreed. "The evening and the performance echoed the College's enthusiasm for its new leadership and for this gorgeous new building," Jenkins said. "The selections honored the classical nature of the hall, and its beauty nearly brought tears to my eyes."

The stirring performance of the Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, assisted by four Reinhardt music instructors and directed by Thomas O'Connell, featured works by Key, Reiche, Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Tartini, Dvorak, and Saint-Saens. The pieces showcased the exceptional acoustics of the Floyd Falany Performing Arts Center, and the audience responded with a standing ovation.

"I heard people comment as they were leaving that it was so refreshing to come to such a facility and hear music in which performers gave so joyously of themselves," said Ellis, also a sales and marketing specialist with Wachovia Bank. "The acoustics were so wonderful. This building is just going to grace the community is so many ways."

Hosted each year by Reinhardt trustees, alumni board, board of advisors and ministerial association, the event highlights a College feature, accomplishment or personality. Reinhardt Interim President Dr. Charles E. Glassick said by focusing on the Falany Performing Arts Center, more of the College's friends and supporters from across North Georgia would be introduced to the facility.

"We wanted to bring a taste of the Atlanta arts community to Reinhardt's Campus," Glassick said. "We hope this will be the first of many such extraordinary musical performances brought to Cherokee County by Reinhardt College and its fellow arts organizations."

"The Falany Performing Arts Center is such an impressive addition to Reinhardt's main campus in Waleska, Ga.," he said. "Its grandeur reflects the positive impact Floyd and Fay Falany made on Reinhardt in their 25 years here."

The Falany Performing Arts Center was funded by a gift from an anonymous donor in 1998. The donor specified that the building be named for then-Reinhardt president, Dr. Floyd A. Falany, and his wife, Fay. Falany retired from the Reinhardt presidency in July of 1999, and he now serves as president emeritus. The Falanys live in Waleska, Ga.

Architect M. Garland Reynolds Jr. of Gainesville, Ga, designed the 49,000 square foot Falany Performing Arts Center. It cost $9 million and took almost 14 months to construct. The Eulene Holmes Murray Department of Music began operations in the new facility in January of 2002, and the communications department of the McCamish School of Business and Communication will move to the facility in late May 2002.

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