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  • September 12, 2006

    Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall "reopened" during concert


  • The Department of Music "reopened" the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall during a special concert on Friday, Sept. 8.

    The concert marked the 25th year of the recital hall as well as a new look for the facility. This past summer, major renovations were completed including new seating, new acoustical banners and new carpet. Now instead of the old orange motif that permeated the facility since it was built in the late 1970s, the color blue is prominent throughout the recital hall. The new acoustical banners can be moved electronically to enhance the sound of any performance.

    The total project was budgeted at approximately $220,000. Funding for the project has been made available through University funds and a private donation by Ellen (Molleston) and Tom Walvoord, 1961 Iowa State graduates.

    Another added feature to the recital hall is a digital video camera mounted at the rear of the facility. Through remote control, all events in the facility are made available on the Department of Music's website (www.music.iastate.edu) as individuals are able to view not only performances but classroom lectures, guest speakers and rehearsals in real time. The digital video camera was made possible through a donation from Iowa State alumnus Deloris Wright of Colorado.

    The Department of Music feels this will be an important feature to the new recital hall. In fact, Michael Golemo, chair of the Department of Music, in his introductory remarks to the audience at the concert said the department was aware of several alumni and friends of the department who viewed the concert on-line.

    Those individuals and the audience were treated to an evening of diverse performances featuring primarily Department of Music faculty members. The Ames Piano Quartet performed a selection by Brahms and accompanied vocalists Simon Estes, Mary Creswell and Donald Simonson on selections from "Porgy and Bess."

    Other performances included "Promise," an original composition written by faculty member Jeffrey Prater, selections performed on the Brombaugh Organ and an electroacoustic composition performed by Christopher Hopkins.
Crowd in lobby
Reception afterwards in the Music Hall lobby

Orchestra in Recital Hall
Orchestra under the direction of James Hannon

Simon Estes and the Ames Piano Quartet
Simon Estes with the Ames Piano Quartet

Sonya Giles on the flute
Sonya Giles performing "The Promise" by Jeffrey Prater