A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for Hempstead Hall is scheduled for Thursday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m. This ceremony will mark the official opening of the new conference center and theater located on the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope campus. The public is invited to attend this grand opening and Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility.

Hempstead Hall is a 64,000 square foot facility featuring a conference center, a state-of-the-art theatrical stage, and outdoor amphitheater. The conference center can be partitioned into several configurations to accommodate different meeting sizes or it can be opened to seat approximately 400 banquet style. The theatrical stage is equipped with digital sound and lights with a seating capacity of 1,600. The amphitheater is located on the east end of the building that faces Arkansas Highway 29 South along the front of the campus.

Tours of this outstanding facility will be provided to guests following the ribbon cutting. Mark your calendars today for Thursday, January 24 at 10:30 a.m. To highlight this building and thank Hempstead County Residents for their support of the project, community events will be included in the grand opening celebration.  These community events will include a concert by the legendary Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers live in concert on Saturday, January 26 at 7:30p.m.

Over 50 years ago, Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and from there went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element, music. There’s no harmony quite as pure as family harmony and Hempstead County will get to hear it live Saturday night, January 26 in Hempstead Hall.

Tickets for this event will be available at the ribbon cutting on Thursday at the Hempstead Hall Box office that will be open Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00p.m.; Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; and the day of the show from 2:00 p.m. until the tickets run out.  Tickets are first come first serve with a limit of 4 tickets per person.  

A second community event for Hempstead Hall is scheduled in March and will feature the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra celebrates its 47th season in 2012-2013 under the leadership of Music Director Philip Mann. ASO is the resident orchestra of Robinson Center Music Hall, and performs more than thirty concerts each year through its Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks Series, ACXIOM Pops LIVE! Series and River Rhapsodies Chamber Series, in addition to serving central Arkansas through numerous community outreach programs and bringing live symphonic music education to over 20,000 school children and over 200 schools. Hempstead County will get to hear this remarkable orchestra perform live in Hempstead Hall in March.  Specifics of this event will be forthcoming. 

The University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is thankful to have this grand facility located on the campus and looks forward to celebrating the completion of Hempstead Hall with the community.  For more information, visit the College website at www.uacch.edu