The Ferst Center for the Arts, located in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus, was conceived as a brilliant showcase for the presentation of concerts, recitals, lectures, dance, film and theater and opened in 1992. This state-of-the-art facility housing an intimate 1,150 seat auditorium featuring a proscenium stage, orchestra pit, and theatrical lighting and sound systems, is designed to provide a wealth of diverse and enriching opportunities for both the Georgia Tech and the greater Atlanta community. The Ferst Center programs an outstanding season of music, theatre, dance, and comedy performances from August to April. The wide selection of musical genres includes jazz, bluegrass, folk, gospel and pop. In addition, the center is home to Ballethnic Dance Company of Atlanta. The Georgia Tech Music Department performs several concerts at the Ferst Center throughout the year. The Ferst Center is available for rental, and performances by student or community organizations.