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New performance venue to open at old church near downtown La Crosse

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La Crosse is getting a new music venue inside a large church building on King Street.

The former Wesley United Methodist Church will now be the home of the Cappella Performing Arts Center. Founder Matt Curtis says Cappella will be smaller than some of the better known performance spaces in town, such as the Viterbo Fine Arts Center and the Weber Center.

Wesley United changed its name to Bridges United Methodist Church a few years ago, and moved to its current location on 4th Street, near Jay. 

Viterbo graduate Curtis bought the building, and says musical performances will take place in the main church space.

A grand opening event at the Cappella Center happens September 16th, when the Artaria String Quartet will be featured there.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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