Sean Lennon has opened a new academy in Liverpool, named in honor of his mother Yoko Ono.
he son of ex-Beatle John Lennon visited his father’s birthplace to officially unveil the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre, which houses the University of Liverpool’s new 400-seat concert hall, The Tung Auditorium.
After pulling back the curtain to unveil the plaque, New York-based musician Sean, 46, quipped, “May I keep this?” Speaking on behalf of his mother, he said, “I’m so excited to be here. It is a beautiful building and my mother sends her love to everyone here.”
Speaking to invited guests, University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Janet Beer said: “This is the most recent addition to our campus and has been named in honor of an individual who, I am sure you will agree, is a cultural icon and part of the city’s proud musical heritage.
“But you may not have known that Yoko Ono Lennon is also an honorary graduate of the University of Liverpool, a campaign ambassador and a long-time philanthropic supporter of that university.
“Over the past 31 years, more than 650 students have benefited from the John Lennon Memorial Scholarship, established in 1991 by Yoko Ono Lennon in memory of her husband. The scholarship supports Merseyside students who are in need of financial assistance and have raised awareness of global and environmental issues as part of their studies.
“The opportunity to name this beautiful building in honor of Yoko Ono Lennon cements her status as one of our university’s greatest benefactors, and the venue celebrates her unique artistic vision and cultural significance.
“Both Sean and Yoko are important members of our university family in Liverpool and the family’s contribution to the Center will benefit the students and people of Liverpool for many years to come.”
Earlier this week, artist and peace activist Ono said she was “thrilled” by the honor.
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She said: “Liverpool have become a part of me for years and with this new center, part of me will always be there – I’m very grateful for that.
“I think John smiles about that, too.”
The center will also offer the latest teaching facilities, including a 600-seat auditorium.
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