The Daryl Chase Fine Arts Center is getting a makeover— exactly 50 years to the date it opened. Utah State University Caine College of the Arts (CCA) dean, Craig Jessop, has been here since the very beginning of it all when he himself was a student at Sky View High School and his teacher told him he should attend the original grand opening of the building. Jessop remembered the opening as the best thing that had happened to the valley at the time.
The original opening of the building was October 18, 1967, and Jessop and the college plan to unveil the newly renovated Daryl Chase Fine Arts Center on its 50th anniversary, October 18, 2017, with a gala featuring Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Kelli O’Hara, pianist Kurt Bestor, the American Festival Chorus & Orchestra and students and faculty of the USU Department of Music. The gala is held in the crown jewel of the building, the Newel and Jean Daines Concert Hall.