The E. J. Thomas Hall at the University of Akron, Ohio, hosts many classical performers, particularly soloists who draw audiences from the Cleveland-Columbus corridor.
Yesterday, its director and staff were made redundant and the hall was mothballed.
The University of Akron is no longer a place of culture.
UPDATE From Jack Harel, oboe professor, University of Akron:
The School of Music is still in great shape. There are two other halls on campus that we use for performances, and the School of Music hasn’t used Thomas Hall as our main venue for several years. I really appreciate your efforts to draw attention to the status of EJ Thomas, but would like to avoid the implication that the School of Music has been lumped in with the hall.