GROTON -- Construction is now underway for Indian Hill Music's new home on Old Ayer Road, which the group hopes will become a world-class education and performance center.
Overlooking the non-profit organization's landmark namesake, Indian Hill, the new center is designed by Cambridge-based Epstein Joslin Architects to incorporate natural light and connect the building to the natural beauty of the 110-acre site.
"As a gathering place for community members and musicians alike, the new Music Center at Indian Hill will be like nothing else in the region," said Lisa Fiorentino, Indian Hill Music's chief operating officer.
The new center will be the permanent home of Indian Hill Music, one of only a small group of non-profit organizations nationwide that encompass a community music school, professional orchestra, professional concert series, and community outreach programs. Its scheduled completion in 2020 will coincide with the organization's 35th anniversary.
Included in the center's two-story design are materials native to the agrarian landscape, including wood, stone, and metal.
Indian Hill Music has grown over the last three decades to serve 79 communities ranging from Boston in the east, Metrowest, the Nashoba Valley, Merrimack Valley, and as far north as Nashua and Hollis, New Hampshire.
The 70-member professional Orchestra of Indian Hill, under the direction of Artistic Director and Conductor Bruce Hangen, will have as its home a 1,000 seat concert hall with adjustable acoustics and a flexible stage, which opens to lawn seating for an additional 1,300 audience members.
"The new concert hall represents an incredible opening to a whole new world of programming for the Orchestra," Hangen said, "including guest artists of both classical and pops persuasions, repertoire with variable formats, and more space for our audience to enjoy a truly symphonic experience. It will be an extraordinary addition to Massachusetts' cultural scene."
Indian Hill Music School has provided music education for over 30 years, providing instruction in 30+ instruments and voice to over 1,300 students of all ages, abilities and musical interests. Indian Hill Music's new home will bring much needed acoustically isolated rehearsal spaces and teaching studios as well as a 300-seat recital hall.
"This project fulfills a long-held dream to bring together all of Indian Hill Music's programs under one roof and to fully integrate Indian Hill Music's mission of teaching, performing, and giving music generously," said Susan Randazzo, executive director of Indian Hill Music. "The new Music Center at Indian Hill will be a place where we intentionally and wholeheartedly bring people together to share the joy of music in an uplifting and inspiring natural setting."
Concert-goers can look forward to hearing live, professional performances by prominent guest artists in diverse musical genres. Comfortable and open gathering spaces, both inside and outside the new building, are designed to enhance the educational and social connections among Music School students, families, faculty, audiences, and musicians. A café and dining room, along with adequate parking, hidden from street view, have also been incorporated onsite.