Bass Concert Hall is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen in the fall.
According to Gene Bartholomew, Texas Performing Arts assistant director of communications and Broadway operations, roughly $200,000 in funding is being provided by Texas Performing Arts, in addition to a $1 million loan provided by the University, which will require payments over the next couple of years.
The hall’s 3,000 seats, which were installed in 1981, will be replaced as part of the renovation.
Bartholomew said the updates to the venue will benefit both students and performers.
“We feel that our premiere venue should reflect the quality of the performances that we present,” Bartholomew said.
The 32 year-old hall last received a face-lift in May 2007, updating the theater’s facade. The 2007 renovation lasted 18 months and cost $14.7 million. A glass exterior was added to make the lobby more engaging and bring in more light. New adjustable curtains were also added to enhance acoustics, allowing sound to be distributed evenly.
The project will reach completion in time for the first performance of the fall semester. Bill Cosby's show on Sept. 21 will be the first show at the renovated hall.
Correction: This article has been edited with the correct first show at the renovated hall. Bill Cosby on Sept. 21 will be the first show, not "BASETRACK."