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Memphis Symphony Orchestra makes new home at University of Memphis

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A partnership that is music in the making.

The Memphis Orchestra and University of Memphis are joining forces to keep the Arts alive in Memphis for years to come.

In an unprecedented collaboration, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will move its administrative offices to the campus of the University of Memphis with the help of a $15 million endowment fund.

"To ensure that the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is here for our children and our grandchildren for generations to come," said Memphis Symphony Orchestra Chairman of the Board, Gayle S. Rose.

It is an effort to reduce the cost of business for the orchestra and provide a world class music facility for student development.

"The very idea that we might have lost the symphony was more than just losing the symphony. It was losing a vital part of what makes communities great," Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell said.

A proposed $40 million music center will break ground soon on the campus with the financial support of long-time contributors Rudi and Honey Scheidt.

Supporters are hopeful that the partnership will take the university and orchestra to international prominence.

President M. David Rudd quoted song-writer and musician Bono at a campus announcement Thursday:

"'Music can change the world because it can change people,' and I will tell you that's what our school of music does," Rudd said. "I think that's what the symphony does."

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