LAWRENCE, Kansas – For nearly 60 years, Swarthout Recital Hall has held a special place in the hearts of KU School of Music graduates as a home of inspiration, celebration, innovation and pride. This December, the School of Music and KU Endowment have launched the “Take a Seat in Swarthout” campaign, allowing donors to sponsor a seat in the beloved recital hall.
The campaign aims to raise $136,000 for the creation of an endowed fund for the maintenance and upkeep of the recently renovated hall. With a $500 gift, donors will be recognized with an engraved plaque bearing their name, or someone they wish to honor, placed on one of the 272 seats of their choice.
“We are blessed with one of the finest acoustic and aesthetically pleasing recital halls in the United States. By purchasing a seat, donors ensure that generations of musical Jayhawks will be able to enjoy this world-class venue,” School of Music Dean Robert Walzel said. “The ‘Take a Seat in Swarthout’ campaign ensures our beautifully renovated recital hall will always be maintained and will continue to provide optimal experiences for performers and audiences alike.”
Since 1957, Swarthout Recital Hall has been the principal academic performance space for the School of Music and hosts a recital or more nearly every day of the school year. For music students, their educational journey culminates in Swarthout with a senior recital. From Swarthout Recital Hall, students continue to launch their careers to even bigger stages.
The “Take a Seat in Swarthout” campaign follows a $2.5 million renovation of the hall that was completed in March 2015. The renovation remade the hall, constructing an entirely new performance space with modern seating, acoustical treatments, audio, lighting and recording and webcasting ability.
KU Endowment is the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.