Topeka, Kan. - Join Washburn leadership and donors as they break ground on the Dr. James Hurd Recital Hall just north of White Concert Hall and adjacent to the Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden. The 175-seat space will provide technological capabilities to livestream performances, a flat surface to allow for continuous transformation of the room based on the performance and leading-edge technology for artists to record their music. More than $5 million was generously given by donors to build the new space on campus.

On Thursday, Feb. 1, the Washburn board of regents voted to name the building Dr. James Hurd Recital Hall in honor of a lead donor who graduated from Washburn with a bachelor’s in music degree in 1967 and went on to perform worldwide while also serving as a professor in California for more than 50 years.

TIME and DATE: 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, 2024

LOCATION: East of Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden, north of White Concert Hall, Washburn University campus

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Find out more about the new recital hall space on Washburn’s campus at

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For further information, contact:
Sarah Towle
Executive Director of Engagement
(785) 670.1744 (office)
(785) 221.1472 (cell)

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