By Kelly Nish – Cougar News Staff Writer
The California Institute of the Arts is one of the most respected art schools in the state and just happens to be a neighbor and ally to College of the Canyons. The school houses many different departments, but the Herb Alpert School of Music recently added a new indoor-outdoor musical facility that has transformed nightly gatherings into great musical performances.
To further expand their music school, the fun, funky, and fluid Wild Beast building was created this past year. Not only will the Wild Beast serve as a classroom to Cal Arts music students, but as a venue to Santa Clarita Valley residents. This new music pavilion was named in honor of composer, Morton Feldman and his infamous metaphor; “I am interested in how the wild beast lives in the jungle, not in the zoo.”
Cal Arts concert producer, Bob Clendenen said, “We have really had a growing population these last few years and we had a practical need for a new performance space.” Wild, yet welcoming could describe this new musical venue. It mimics the Hollywood Bowl in it’s structure and function and will soon play host to public performances this spring.