|photo by Courtney Sargent Photography|
In honor of architect, businessman and philanthropist Gary K. Herberger, who passed away on February 28 at the age of 79, the Herberger Theater Center will turn off the marquee lights outside its doors and sign on the fly tower for one minute before the Arizona Young Artists’ Competition Finals on Saturday, March 11 at 6:50pm.
The simultaneous dimming of marquee lights on Broadway in recognition of the passing of a noteworthy individual of the theater has become a long-standing tradition. Since Gary’s legacy reaches beyond the Herberger Theater Center, cultural institutions and theaters throughout the Valley have been invited to join in the silent remembrance. Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Center for the Performing Arts plan to participate. The City of Phoenix has indicated that Symphony Hall and the Orpheum Theatre will also participate.
“Throughout the design, construction and early years of the Herberger Theater, Gary was involved in many ways, including as a board member,” said Mark Mettes, president and CEO of the Herberger Theater Center. “I was fortunate to get to know him over the years. It is with heavy hearts that the Herberger Theater family joins the Valley in remembering his innovation and creativity, passion for architecture and the arts, and commitment to community through generous philanthropy.”
Gary is survived by his wife, Jeanne, and brother, Judd.