Kutztown University dedicates renovated Schaeffer Auditorium

Photos courtesy of Kutztown University Relations Schaeffer Auditorium at Kutztown University.

Kutztown University will hold a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for Schaeffer Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m.

The event will begin at the Sadie Snyder Hippenstiel & Elizabeth Hippenstiel Marcon Platz located between Schaeffer Auditorium and and the Sharadin Arts Building. Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, president of Kutztown University, and Charles L. Marcon, son of Elizabeth Hippenstiel Marcon, will dedicate the platz. Attendees will be given a penny to throw into the new fountain. All changed collected from the fountain will be used for a scholarship fund for students.

At 5:15 p.m. attendees will proceed to the front of Schaeffer Auditorium for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremonies are free and open to the public. A reception for invited guests will immediately follow.

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Schaeffer Auditorium, under construction since March 2012, received a $20 million renovation including new seats, lighting and elevators. The project also included a 23,000-square-foot addition that encompasses large and small rehearsal spaces for the school of music. New classroom space and instrument storage as well as a small theater were constructed on the ground level of the auditorium.

Kutztown University will celebrate the grand opening with five special events this fall. On Sept. 10 MOMIX Botanica, an internationally known company of dance illusionists will present a dream-like journey through the four seasons.

The KU School of Music will present a Celebratory Concert Gala Sept. 30. The Jazz Ensemble I will perform the original version of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” The University Choir and Brass Ensemble will be joined by the Berks Youth Chorus MasterSingers for Jonathan Willcocks’ “Magnificat.”

Eric Schaeffer, class of 1984, founder of the Tony award-winning Signature Theatre returns to campus to direct an evening of show-stopping Broadway classics. Backed by the University Orchestra the program includes such favorites as “The Sound of Music” and “Defying Gravity.”

On Oct. 24 two KU alumni return to campus for the Rockin’ Alumni Showcase. Rick Vito, former member of Fleetwood Mac and current solo artist, will bring his classic rock and blues to the Schaeffer stage. He will be joined by Wayne Glasmire, a country artist who has opened for acts such as Guy Clark and Dierks Bentley.

Pentatonix, winners of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” come to Schaeffer on Oct. 26. This a cappella ensemble performs cleverly re-imagined pop songs with their unique vocal talents.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.kupresents.org or by calling 610-683-4092.