La Jolla Music Society has raised $50 million to build a new concert hall, which will be named the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center and open in time for the society’s 50th season.

The donations were reported by U-T San Diego and announced to patrons attending Summerfest 2014 concerts over the weekend.

Christopher Beach, president and artistic director, told patrons at Sunday’s concert that the year-long “silent phase” of the campaign was complete and the society is launching a public effort to raise additional funds for an endowment to support programming at the new center.

Construction of the complex at 7600 Fay Avenue in La Jolla is expected to begin in late 2016 and be completed by October 2017. The property was purchased May. Epstein Joslin Architects of Massachusetts will design the center.

“We’re creating not just a building, but a center, that will serve the community and the arts into the future,” the society said on its Facebook page.

UT San Diego said 11 donors accounted for the $50 million, with “lead gifts” from Prebys,  Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Raffaella and John Belanich, and Brenda Baker and Steve Baum.

The society, whose motto is “We bring the world to San Diego,” presents touring performing artists at venues throughout the community, but primarily at Sherwood Auditorium in the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

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