Official Opening of The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER

The University of New Brunswick celebrated the official opening of an architectural gem, The Richard J. CURRIE CENTER in Fredericton, on Oct. 7, 2011.  Attended by more than 700 guests, the ceremony showcased the building's features as a world-class fitness and wellness facility, as well as its attributes as a performance venue.  It also paid tribute to the many donors and builders who made the facility possible, including the lead donor to the project, UNB's Chancellor, Richard J. Currie.

Order of Proceedings

Opening remarks
The Hon. Keith Ashfield,
Minister of Fisheries and Ocean, Government of Canada,
MP for Fredericton

The Hon. Martine Coulombe,
Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour,
Province of New Brunswick 

“Jupiter” from “The Planets”
performed by Atlantic Sinfonia, under the direction of Richard Hornsby, director, UNB Centre for Musical Arts led by concertmaster, David Adams, musician-in-residence at UNB Saint John

Slideshow
The University of New Brunswick (view at right)

Welcome
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Secco
UNB Vice-President (Academic) Fredericton

My UNB experience
Dr. Peter Jensen
CEO of Performance Coaching Inc.,
UNB alumnus

“This is the Moment”
performed by Derrick Paul Miller, tenor, with Mike Doherty, piano, and Atlantic Sinfonia

A tribute to the builders and donors
Dr. Eddy Campbell
UNB President and Vice-Chancellor 

“Al Shlosha D’Varim”
(The world is sustained by three things: by truth, by justice and by peace) performed by the Fredericton Ladies Choir

Slideshow
Builders and Donors (view at right)

“Torna A Surriento”
performed by Kathleen Gorey-McSorley, fiddler

Video tribute to UNB's Chancellor, Dr. Richard Currie
(view at right)

“Mantra”
performed by Atlantic Sinfonia

Video: Features of the CURRIE CENTER (view at right)

Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
An original dance, choreographed by artistic director Igor Dobrovolskiy, to “Vivaldi Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 11” performed by Atlantic Sinfonia 

“Blue Eyes”
performed by Andy Brown,
UNB varsity athletes join the performance

Slideshow
Beneficiaries of the CURRIE CENTER (view at right)

Wellness and the future of New Brunswick
Dr. Peter Jensen 

Finale:  “We Rise Again”
performed by Derrick Paul Miller, Mike Doherty, Kathleen Gorey-McSorley, Andy Brown, Atlantic Sinfonia, and the Fredericton Ladies Choir, with the UNB Varsity Reds and students from Park Street School

Guided Tours

Special thanks to:

Friends of the University
UNB's 225th Anniversary Patrons
Tim Yerxa, producer
Sally Goodwin, stage manager

Photo gallery