News release: The Bard College Conservatory of Music in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., has received a $9.2 million gift from Bard alumnus László Z. Bitó for the construction of The László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building. The performance space of the building will be a 145-seat hall that can be configured in a variety of ways. It also will have a one-touch audio and video recording, as well as live-streaming capability. The building will contain 15 teaching studios and a lounge, along with a large classroom that can also be used for audio and video recording. The facility will be powered by geothermal wells and heat pumps. Construction is scheduled to begin next month, and the building is expected to be completed by January 2013. The architect is Deborah Berke & Partners Architects.