The Bard College Conservatory of Music has received a generous $9.2 million gift from Bard alumnus Laszlo Z. Bito, class of 1960, for the construction of The Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Conservatory Building. This state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility addresses the growing needs of the Conservatory, brought on by its fivefold growth since its founding in 2005. With an anticipated completion date of January 2013, the building is scheduled to begin construction in October. The design of the building, by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects in New York City, supports the Conservatory's dedication to providing top-level musical training in the context of a liberal arts education. A groundbreaking ceremony for The Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Conservatory Building will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 11:30 a.m., adjacent to the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center at Bard College.