On Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Bob Cole Conservatory hosted Regena Cole, university dignitaries, faculty, staff, and students, and guests for the grand opening of the Bob Cole Plaza and Pavilion. Mrs. Cole cut the ribbon, officially opening the pavilion where her late husband Bob Cole’s beloved Steinway will reside. Seen in the picture above is Regena Cole cutting the ribbon and John Carnahan, Director of the Bob Cole Conservatory.
One of the features of the renovation is an outdoor amphitheater, pictured here with the overflow crowd for the opening. The Award winning Pacific Standard Time performed at the amphitheater. As guests arrived, they were greeted by the soothing sounds of the Bob Cole Pan Band and brass ensembles, as well as a performance on the Bob Cole Steinway.
At the conclusion of the outdoor festivities, guests were treated to a gala performance of most of the Bob Cole Conservatory ensembles in the Karen and Richard Carpenter Performing Arts Center.