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Atlanta Edges Closer To Concert Hall

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Atlanta just inched a little closer to having a brand new concert hall & education center to act as a home for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO). The Wachovia Foundation will announce a donation of 5 million dollars pursuant to this project at an ASO concert on Thursday at the Woodruff Arts Center.

Thursday's anticipated donation will set the ASO at 103 million dollars, roughly a third of the 300 million dollar price tag for the new hall. The next two big hurdles in the fund raising process, are convincing both the city and the state to be major contributors in the undertaking. The ASO has requested 100 million dollars total from both the state and municipal governments, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the project, already in it's third year of fundraising will be set back for at least another year without these vital contributions.

The proposed concert hall, designed by award-winning Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava who designed such structures as the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences) in Spain and Toronto's BCE place, will feature a 2,000 seat concert hall as well as a learning center. The center is expected to generate $2 billion through 2020, creating 2,100 jobs after construction and $116 million in tax revenue over the facility's first decade of construction, according to a study conducted by Deloitte Consulting on behalf of the ASO. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers.