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Foundation commits $2.5 million to Eastman Theatre renovations

Recital Hall

Artist rendering of the new recital hall

The Davenport-Hatch Foundation has made a $2.5 million commitment—the largest gift in its 56-year history—to benefit the the renovation and expansion of Eastman Theatre. The pledge, when combined with the foundation’s previous gift of $400,000 in 2004, represents a $2.9 million commitment to the Eastman Theatre project, which is a high priority both for the Eastman School and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

In recognition of the foundation’s support and in honor of its founder, Augustus T. Hatch, the recital hall in the new addition to be built next to the theater will be named Hatch Recital Hall.

“We believe this project adds to the legacy of excellence of two of our community’s jewels—the Eastman School of Music and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra—and also will have a significant impact on downtown development,” says A. Thomas Hildebrandt, chair of the foundation’s grants committee .”

The Davenport-Hatch Foundation is a private foundation that awards grants to aid and support charitable organizations in and around the Rochester area. In 2000, the foundation received the Business Foundation Award from the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester for its support of the arts.

“The University is thankful to the Davenport-Hatch Foundation for its continued commitment toward the Eastman Theatre renovation,” says President Seligman. “The foundation is investing in important initiatives that will preserve the historic legacy of the theater and expand it as a cultural and artistic center for the community.”

The new 230-seat Hatch Recital Hall will be a world-class facility for solo recitals and chamber music. It will be located in a new addition which will help address the performance and teaching needs of students and faculty; the new building will be constructed next to and connected to
Eastman Theatre.

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