Acoustical Shell to be Unveiled at Concert Oct. 16

Oct. 13, 1997

WACO, Texas - A new acoustical shell that will greatly improve sound quality in Waco Hall on the Baylor University campus will be unveiled at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, during the Waco Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the 1997-1998 season. Funds to purchase the shell were made possible by grants from the Cooper Foundation, the Waco Foundation and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation while funds to renovate Waco Hall and install the shell were given by the Baylor/Waco Foundation.

"We thought this was a perfect project for the Baylor/Waco Foundation," said Bob Senter, executive director of the foundation. "Waco Hall is used by so many Wacoans, not just Baylorites, so this campaign was so true to our mission to support both Baylor and the Waco community."

The acoustical shell, which is twice the height of the former stage at Waco Hall, will greatly enhance the quality of sound on the stage. By building wall units and a ceiling around the stage, sound is reflected to the audience rather than absorbed into the curtains. The total cost for the shell and renovations was approximately $400,000.

The Baylor/Waco Foundation is the official hometown support group for Baylor and since its creation in 1959, has spearheaded the fund raising efforts to expand the campus and to build and refurbish several facilities. In some previous fund-raising campaigns, the foundation has raised money for building the Poage Legislative Library, the Baylor Marina and Recreation Center and the pavilion at Ferrell Field.

For more information, contact Senter at 710-2561.

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