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February 22, 2002 Volume 17, Number 20


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College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall Opens

WIU's College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) will open its new recital hall for concerts and recitals this month.

Several individual student and faculty recitals are tentatively scheduled for the facility; however, one of the first major public events in the recital hall will be the annual Band Showcase, Feb. 22-23. The two major concerts for Band Showcase scheduled for the COFAC Recital Hall include the WIU Symphonic Wind Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 and the Band Showcase finale concert at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. These events are open free to the public.

The facility will allow the theatre department to more freely use Hainline Theatre for their performances. The music and theatre departments have been sharing the Hainline Theatre facility for years.

The COFAC Recital Hall is a 500-seat facility designed specifically for the performance of music. Funds for the $4.3 million project came from the state of Illinois as well as an allocation of dollars from Western. Renovations to the northern wing and former gymnasium in Simpkins Hall began in September 2000 to retrofit the structure into a recital hall.

The 8,000-square-foot recital hall features stage space that can accommodate up to 125 performers. The facility will also include a green room for performing artists, warm-up rooms, storage space for instruments, a control room/recording booth and a 1,400-square-foot lobby that will include a coatroom, box office and restrooms. The lobby has also been designed to allow for the exhibition of artwork and will feature a commissioned sculpture by Chicago artist Joyce Lopez.

Work will continue on the recital hall into the summer. As construction crews finish work on the operational rooms during February. Also, this summer, the College of Fine Arts and Communication will install a donor recognition wall to honor individuals who gave a significant gift to the project.

For more information about the COFAC Recital Hall, contact Debra Miller at 298-1552, or e-mail Additional information about the Recital Hall, including construction photos and a historical outline of Simpkins Hall, is available on the web at

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