Solo Piano Recital featuring “Findlay Cockrell”
- Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014
- Time: 4:00 p.m.
- Location: Lingle Recital Hall, Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
- Page: Event Page
A free solo piano recital on Sunday, September 7, at Earlham College will celebrate the start of a new era on campus.
Visiting artist Findlay Cockrell will perform at 4 p.m. in Lingle Recital Hall, the first performance at Earlham’s new Center for Visual and Performing Arts since it opened in August. The 47,200-square-foot, $22 million facility puts the College’s Art, Music and Theatre Arts departments under one roof for the first time.
Also Sunday, the College will recognize Paul and Pat Lingle, who donated $1.1 million in 2013 through the Lingle Family Foundation to support the construction of the new building.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the finished building for the first time, but from what I saw earlier this summer, the facility is just tremendous,” Paul Lingle says.
The Center features the 250-seat Lingle Recital Hall with acoustic panels designed for music and choral productions; the 100-seat Ronald L. McDaniel Studio Theater, a black-box theater with flexible seating; and the Ronald L. McDaniel Arts Plaza that includes an outdoor performance space.
More than a dozen classrooms and studios have also been designed specifically for instruction in ceramics, fiber art, photography, metals, Gamelan, jazz, percussion, painting and drawing. These rooms include the Bonita Washington-Lacey Classroom (music) and Gerald Clarence Cooper Arts Classroom.
“I’m glad to be a small part of it,” Lingle says. “My family and I look forward to sharing lots of great experiences in that facility.”
Cockrell: A friend to the College
Cockrell, who is a regional artist in the Capital District of New York and a regular performer at SUNY Albany, will perform works by Bach-Busoni, Beethoven-Liszt, and Saint-Saens-Bizet.
His concert is expected to conclude with Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition,” which is best known in its orchestral version, but was originally written for solo piano.
He will play on a nine-foot Steinway grand piano that he recently donated to the College as part of a larger gift to support the building of the Center for Visual and Performing Arts.
“He volunteered to come out and do this recital as a gift to the College,” says Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kevin Klose. “It’s remarkable that he is so attached to Earlham without being an alumnus himself. We’re grateful for his many contributions to the arts.”
Cockrell first visited Earlham in the 1950s to visit Marcia Wilcox ’56, now his wife. He returned for reunions and to visit his daughter, Dorothy, who also attended Earlham in the 1980s.
Local support for Earlham’s future
Lingle — who is president of three local companies: Lingle Real Estate, Meadow Park, Inc. and Bayberry Development Group — says the decision to support Earlham was an easy one.
“I think the building is not only a valuable asset for Earlham, but most certainly the entire community,” Lingle says. “To bring all the different art forms together under one roof and have this amazing space, along with the lighting, equipment and atmosphere that the architects planned for is absolutely first class.”
The Lingle Family Foundation has focused its philanthropy in three areas: health care, education and the arts.
Lingle has previously been a lead gift donor to many local institutions including Reid Hospital, Indiana University East, Wernle Children’s Home, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and others. He believes that Earlham makes essential contributions to the Richmond and the Wayne County community.
“Earlham has a vision that extends beyond just the arts, but also through their recent investment in the sciences and athletics,” Lingle says. “They backed that vision up with a building that will make them, in my opinion, a lot of students’ first choice.
“I was impressed by that,” he says. “It was that overall commitment that made it important to be apart of that future because Earlham has always been vital to this area. Now they will be a big part of higher education, quite frankly through the world, for years to come.”
Free admission; no tickets required.