Oct. 19, 2017 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College named its newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller during a special ceremony and concert on Oct. 18.
Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of GRCC's music program. The recital hall project was part of the $8.5 million renovation of the Music Center, which was renamed last month for Grand Rapids Junior College Humanities Department Chair Albert P. Smith.
The state-of-the-art Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall provides options for acoustic adjustment and includes seating for 104 -- which can be deployed or retracted to create rehearsal space for large groups.
"The completely transformed Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall is now a showcase in which our students, faculty, and guest artists will perform," said Kevin Dobreff, program director for GRCC's Music Department. "This warm and inviting space is not only beautiful to behold but also acoustically tunable, allowing us to modify the acoustic for a variety of soloists, performing ensembles and every genre of music."
President Dr. Bill Pink said the recital hall is a fitting way to honor Linn Maxwell Keller’s musical and scholastic legacy.
Linn Maxwell Keller performed opera and oratorio works in 28 countries over the course of her professional singing career. She later turned her attention to acting and playwriting, with much of her research focused on the life of St. Hildegard of Bingen.
“We are grateful to everyone who helped us create this space, and we are excited to share the amazing talents of our student-performers,” Pink said. “I appreciate Fred Keller and his long history of being a partner to GRCC. We’re honored to have Linn’s name on this beautiful recital hall.
Faculty and student musicians of the GRCC Music Department as well as guest artists are scheduled to perform in the recital hall throughout the year.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.