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Alfred University observes 25th anniversary of dedication of Miller Performing Arts Center

Miller Performing Arts Center
Miller Performing Arts Center

Today (Friday, Oct. 9) marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication of Miller Performing Arts Center, the state-of-the-art facility that over the years has hosted countless concerts, recitals, plays, and musicals.


Today (Friday, Oct. 9) marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication of Miller Performing Arts Center, the state-of-the-art facility that over the years has hosted countless concerts, recitals, plays, and musicals.

The Miller Performing Arts Center, funded by a gift from Alfred University alumnus Marlin Miller '54, H '89, H ’09 was dedicated on Oct. 9, 1995, and officially opened the following spring. Miller Theatre, also funded by a gift from Marlin Miller, opened next door in 2010.

Becky Prophet, professor of theater, said the dedication of the Miller Performing Arts Center in 1995 was significant in that, on its opening, the facility “united the Performing Arts under one roof and a beautiful facility to promote this aspect of arts at Alfred. Although we did not occupy and begin teaching in this building until March, the dedication was a moment to pause and recognize the ‘first’ for Alfred University.”

Prophet pointed to how students and the community have benefited from Miller Performing Arts Center over the years.

“Think about the forty-nine semesters and twenty-five active summers in the spacious facility. Forty-nine semesters of classes, rehearsals, builds, and performances have included hundreds and hundreds of students learning and enjoying making art,” she said. “The twenty-five years have brought even more community members to performances of concerts, projects, and productions.  Improving the quality of life and the availability of the performing arts is a great and continuing gift to the campus, community, and region.  Thank you, Dr. Marlin Miller!”