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Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 6:00 am

Arizona Theatre Company will offer free tours of the historic Temple of Music and Art at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 26, March 5 and April 16.

The Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., was dedicated on Oct. 21, 1927. Virtuoso violinist Jascha Heifetz performed at its grand opening ceremony. Throughout its seven decades, the Temple passed through many hands and served various functions before finally being historically renovated and rededicated in October 1990. At that time, through an agreement with the City of Tucson, ATC became the managing tenant of the facility.

Tours begin in the venue’s courtyard and are guided by ATC docents. Tours are typically one hour in length.

Docents will discuss the history of the building, its restoration and renovation, and take visitors on a backstage tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the theater.

Following the tour, patrons will receive a voucher for discounted tickets to the current Arizona Theatre Company production.

All tours are open to the public free of charge. Space is limited.

For tour information and reservations, call Don Gest at 884-8210, ext. 8610. Reservations are required.

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