University of Kansas Receives $1 Million for Music Recital Hall Renovation

The has announced a $1 million grant from the for the renovation of Swarthout Recital Hall.

Awarded as part of the university's ongoing $1.2 billion capital campaign, the grant will help fund a number of improvements to the 350-seat recital hall, including renovation of its stage, lighting, and acoustics; new seating; an accessible entryway; and upgraded audio/video and telecommunications equipment. The $2.5 million project also includes the purchase of two new Steinway grand pianos for the renovated hall.

Built in 1957, the hall is named for Donald Swarthout, who served as KU's dean of fine arts from 1923 to 1950. To date, a total of $2.3 million has been raised for the project.

"The Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation is pleased to take the lead in supporting the renovation of the ’s Swarthout Recital Hall," said Julia Irene Kauffman, chair and CEO of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation. "Swarthout represents a time-honored tradition of excellence for the School of Music and the university. Revitalization and restoration of this wonderful, intimate venue is yet another milestone in the pursuit of nationally and internationally acclaimed distinction."

"." University of Kansas 12/12/2013.