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| the history of wake forest
N11,since
ot the inauguration of President Scales on April
1968, had the University enjoyed an occasion as festive as
the series of programs and entertainments surrounding the dedica-
tion of the art and theatre wings of the Fine Arts Center on October
20, 1976. The night before, L’Orchestre de Paris, under the direction of
Daniel Barenboim, had played the Seventh Symphony of Beethoven
and the Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra
(with Jean-Pierre Wallez, violinist). And on the following evening the
University Theatre—in the Main Stage Theatre designed by Jo Mielziner
—opened the fall drama season with Ketti Frings’s adaptation of
Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel.1
The dedication ceremonies took place in the
morning. The speaker was Kenan Professor of
Humanities Germaine Brée, who recalled
a legend about the Buddha’s leaving his footprint
on the highest peak in Sri Lanka and, giving to
her address the title of “The Footprint of the Bud-
dha,” spoke of the Fine Arts Center as being “a new
imprint… on our campus for all to see.” Wake
Forest is freshly challenged, she said, to seek “the
full sense of art.”
Five honorary degrees were awarded at the
convocation, each of them, in keeping with the
significance of the day, a doctorate in fine arts. One of them, to cel-
ebrated pianist Arthur Rubinstein, was given in absentia: the only
chapter eleven
1976–1977
A Dedication, a Nomination,
and a House in Hampstead
A scene from Look Homeward, Angel:
Ken Dunn and Cathy Bland
1
See Appendix J.
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