New music center launches seat-naming campaign

Hamel Music Center asks for gifts for chairs
New music center launches seat-naming campaign
Photo courtesy of Mead Witter School of Music

As a way for individuals to be a part of the new Hamel Music Center, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is kicking off a new seat-naming campaign.

The Hamel Music Center, which is under construction next to the Chazen Museum of Art, will contain a concert hall, a recital hall, a rehearsal room and several support spaces. There will also be a two-story lobby with a central staircase and chandelier donated by the class of 1965.

According to a release, the Mead Witter School of Music is asking music lovers to donate gifts of $1,500 or more. In return, a chair in the Mead Witter Foundation Concert will have a copper plaque on the back of the chair engraved with a message from the donor.

All of the funding for the Hamel Music Center has come from private donors, the release says. Many donors often have multiple generations of family connections to UW-Madison.

“It is the best opportunity our friends have to show their affection,” said Susan C. Cook, director of the music school. “All who enter the new concert hall will read the inscriptions on those plaques.”

The plaque can have up to four lines of text with 20 characters on each line. To ensure the plaque is installed before the opening, inscriptions and donations must be received by Dec. 31, 2018.

The formal opening festivities will start in fall 2019 and sneak-peek events are being planned for April 2019.